|The inaugural Whitney Collection Award was presented to Leonard Lauder last Tuesday night (April 5th) at a dinner at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District. The award is given in recognition of an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to expanding the Museum’s collection and advancing our nation’s cultural heritage.
The Museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed home is being named the Leonard A. Lauder Building. The Museum’s collection has grown through the foresight and generosity of individual donors, beginning with Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, its founder, with her personal collection of almost 400 works of art.
|Since 1975, Mr. Lauder has helped the Museum acquire 948 works of art, 760 of which he personally donated. His 2002 donation of 125 works of art transformed the collection with works by Abstract Expressionist, Pop, and Minimal artists. These included major works by artists such as Jasper Johns, Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.|
|The New York Academy of Art’s annual Tribeca Ball was held last Monday night in the Studios at 111 Franklin Street, with more than 900 attending.
They honored Eva and Michael Chow for their longtime support of the arts. The Chows were presented with portraits created by Academy alumnus, artist Guno Park.
|This year’s theme was “To the Far Horizon” inspired by Van Cleef & Arpels’s jewelry collection featuring motifs of the seven seas, coral reefs and shimmering jellyfish forests. Also presented was an Academy-mounted one-night-only exhibit “Funny Stuff” highlighting humorous works of alumni, faculty members and students. Van Cleef presented the evening at which more than $850,000 was raised to help support the Academy’s scholarships and public programming.
After the cocktails and dinner, guests took to the dance floor and the music by DJs Gillian Sagansky and Leslie Kirchhoff. Patrick McMullan was there taking it all in with his camera.
|Also Monday night, April 4th, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts hosted its 50th Anniversary Gala Celebrating the Past/Creating the Future at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The evening, hosted by Alec Baldwin, an alumni of the Tisch School, and Spike Lee, honored the Tisch family. In 1982, Preston Robert Tisch and Laurence A. Tisch began a partnership between a school and their family. The Big Apple Award was accepted by sons Andrew Tisch, Jonathan Tisch, and Steve Tisch. Alumni Honorees were Lili Cheng (’93), Wendy Calhoun (’91) and Paul Tazewell (’89).
|Thousands of Tisch alumni have gone on to enjoy fulfilling careers in the arts including renowned artists such as Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Baker, Tony Kushner, Doug Wright and Chang Lee; Academy Award winners Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Keiko Ibi and Ang Lee; Tony Award winners Nina Arianda, Steve Kazee, George C. Wolfe, Michael Mayer, Idina Menzel, Stephen Spinella, and Frank Wood; Emmy Award winners Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Vince Gilligan, Kristen Johnston, Camryn Manheim and Debra Messing; acclaimed filmmakers Spike Lee, Amy Heckerling, Colin Treverrow; Grammy nominee Elle Varner; entrepreneur Dennis Crowley (foursquare); MacArthur Fellowship recipients Kyle Abraham, Camille Utterback, and Mimi Lien; visual artist Leo Villareal; and actors Danai Gurira, Gina Rodriguez, and Corey Stoll.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|