Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Embracing The Arts

Dinner is served at the new Whitney Museum of American Art where the inaugural Whitney Collection Award was presented to Leonard Lauder.
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.
Chuck Close, Eve Xanthopoulos, and Leonard A. Lauder
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.
Judy Glickman Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder, Susan Hess, and John Hess
Gary Lauder, Jack Lucas, Eliana Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder, Laura Lauder, and Josh Lauder
Robin Pogrebin and Stephen Soba
Beth DeWoody and Joanne Cassullo
Thelma Golden, Barbara Haskell, David Ross, Elisabeth Sussman, and Connie Wolf
Donald Blinken, Vera Blinken, and Jack Shear
Steve Leber and Bonnie Lautenberg
Jeff Levine, Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Laurie Carey, and David Carey
Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman
Donna Rosen and Nancy Poses
Ronnie Kassan, Michael Kassan, Tom Tuft, Bob Gersh, and Linda Gersh
Stephen Soba, Mary Haus, and Willard Holmes
Brooke Garber Neidich
Carter Foster, Joanne Cassullo, Patrick McGregor, and Laurie Tisch
Ronnie Heyman
Beth DeWoody, Firooz Zahedi, and Estrellita Brodsky
Henry Cornell, Vanessa Cornell, Jeff Zalaznick, Anne Speyer, and Rob Speyer
Adam Weinberg and Ray McGuire
Alan Stephenson and Candia Fisher
Phil and Julie Geier
Susie and Robert Peelle
Dan Benton and Stephanie March
Anne Bass and Anne Dias
Jennifer Russell, Tom Campbell, and Mimi Haas
Bonnie Clearwater and Frank Stella
Adam Weinberg and Ronald Lauder
Jo Carole Lauder and Ronald Lauder
Fred Wilson and Dana Miller
Joanne Cassullo and May Castleberry
Anne Ehrenkranz and Arne Glimcher
Lisa Phillips, Alex Katz, and Beth DeWoody
Ken Griffin, Melissa Bley, Raymond McGuire, Frederic Cumenal, and Leslie Diamond
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.
David Kratz, Eileen Guggenheim, Nicolas Bos, Eva Chow, Asia Chow, Michael Chow, and Alain Bernard
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.
Brooke Shields and Sterling Jerins
Rose McGowan
Marina Abramovic, Dustin Yellin, and Swizz Beatz
Arden Wohl and Jonah Freeman
Naomi Watts
Nicole Miller and Henry Buhl
Zani Gugelmann and Tali Lennox
Valerie Cooper and Harry Cooper
Alyson Cafiero
Damian Loeb and Zoya Loeb
Ali Wise
Will Cotton
Brana Dane
Marcia Mishaan
Alexandra Chemla
Yana Balan and Polina Proshkina
Tony Ingrao and Linda Fargo
Fabiola Beracasa Beckman
Tony Shafrazi and Urs Fischer
Di Mondo
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Bob Colacello
Misha Nonoo
Glenn O’Brien
Inez van Lamsweerde and Jeffrey Deitch
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi
Jane Holzer (right) and friend
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).
Spike Lee, Steve Tisch, Martin Scorsese, Laurie Tisch, and Jonathan Tisch
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.
Wendy Calhoun, Paul Tazewell, and Lili Cheng
Rosie Fiedelman and Javier Munoz
Emily Warren
Julie Menin
Vanna White
Jonathan Cohen and Amy Wechsler
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
Andrew Tisch, Allyson Greene, and Ann Tisch
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin
Jonathan Cohen, Carrie Salmon, Stephanie Bon Jovi, Brendan Flanigan, Avital Siegel, and Carlos Flores
Janice Crystal, Steve Tisch, and Billy Crystal
Carolyn Blodgett, Katia Francesconi, Will Blodgett, Will Tisch, and Grace Silk
Andrew Hamilton and Henry Schleiff
Photographs by Patrick McMullan