|This past Monday, April 11th, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held its annual LOOT Opening Benefit with shopping, cocktails and of course, dinner at Robert, the restaurant in the museum on Columbus Circle.
With more than 300 attending, they honored Joan Hornig and Kay Unger. Angela Cummings was the Honorary Chair. And it was about LOOT. Dinner Chairs wer Michele Cohen and Marsy Mittlemann and Bryna Pomp, who is LOOT’s Curator.
It was an evening where guests wore “their most fabulous jewelry.” Beth Rudin DeWoody, acting as the voice of honoree Kay Unger who stood beside her stricken by bronchitis unable to speak, said: “I am thrilled to join Joan Hornig not only in supporting the MAD Museum, but also in celebrating the artists and the creative spirit inherent to LOOT.” Marsy Mittlemann then presented the award to Kay Unger.
MAD Chairman Emerita, Barbara Tober, presented Isabel and Ruben Toledo with a birthday cake at their seats. The Toledos’ designed the LOOT 2016 artwork for the invitation.
|That same day, (4/11) the Morgan Library and Museum held its annual Spring Luncheon in the Gilbert Court of the Morgan. The program for the event featured “Warhol By the Book” which is on exhibit through May 15. It’s about Warhol’s early years as an artist and his relationship to books. He loved books and was involved or contributed to more than 80 projects for books.|
|Way behind on this one; catching up. Tuesday April 5th, the Board or Directors of the Paris Review hosted their annual “Spring Revel” honoring author Lydia Davis at Cipriani 42nd Street.
This is a big party with lots of writers of every ilk and strain and age, getting together mainly to toast the Paris Review and raise some money for the cause. Terry McDonell was emcee. The Review’s editor Loren Stein welcomed the guests. Rachel Kushner presented the Plimpton Prize for Fiction to David Szalay. John Guare presented the Terry Southern Prize for Humor to Chris Bachelder. And Errol Morris presented the Hadada Award to Ms. Davis.
|This was the night plus the excellent Cipriani dinner and the tables of all kinds of conversation and verbal revelry. The presenters presented with not a few words. They are all writers after all and many writers tend to like to talk, a chance to hear that voice that readers read. The matters at hand are all very serious – supporting the Paris Review which Mr. Plimpton started in Paris in 1953 with Harold Humes and Peter Matthiessen, and which he edited for 50 years. As serious a literary voice as it is, Plimpton loved keeping the get-togethers in a tone of revelry. And so it was.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|