|This past Tuesday, December 6th at the Park Avenue Armory there was a preview of the multi-screen film installation “Manifesto” by Julian Rosefeldt and featuring Cate Blanchett.
Artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt has made a name for himself with his photography and his elaborately staged films that investigate the language and conventions of cinema as an allegory for societal and individual behaviors.
He continues this exploration with Manifesto. The installation is a collage of artistic declarations from the past century, reinterpreted as poetic monologues to provoke questions about the gendered, social, and political contexts that shape the artist’s role in society.
|These angry, youthful, and powerful texts are brought to life in a tour-de-force by Ms. Blanchett, who creates a kaleidoscopic series of different characterizations ranging from TV anchorwoman, to corporate CEO. to a homeless man. Presented simultaneously on massive screens, the 13 scenes draw on more than 50 manifestos by artists, architects, choreographers, and filmmakers at early points in their career. These scenes are woven together into dramatic soliloquies highlighting specific movements or schools of thought.
Connecting these famous texts to the humanity of everyday characters and actions, this installation in its North American premiere takes full advantage of the soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The massive space is great enough to allow viewers to experience both the intimacy of individual scenes and the cacophony of the work as a whole.
|The Installation will be on exhibit in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall through January 8th.
Its hours are: Monday–Wednesday: 12pm–8pm; Thursday–Saturday: 12pm–12am; Sunday: 12pm–7pm; Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: 12pm–4pm. It will be closed Christmas Day. Tickets: $20. Free for ARMORY MEMBERS. Other ways to buy: Phone M–F 10am–6pm (212) 933-5812.
|Last Thursday, December 1st, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories hosted its 11th Double Helix Medals dinner at the American Museum of Natural History. They honored Alan Alda and P. Roy Vagelos MD for their contributions, respectively, to health and medicine and the public understanding of sience. Since the first of these dinners was held, in 2006 when the DMHD honored Muhammad Ali, the event has raised $40 million for the Laboratory Research and education programs.|
|Alan Alda needs no introduction. While not a famous name to the public, Dr. Vagelos is the retired chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., which he led both as a scientist and visionary corporate leader. He was the lead scientist in Merck’s development of the statin drugs Lovastatin and Zocor. He was also the key advocate in Merck’s decision to make Ivermectin freely available to the people of Africa and Central America for the treatment of river blindness, then a widespread, chronic and debilitating disease disseminated by black flies.|
| It was Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter’s work in Africa which had led to the development and use of the drug. He is currently chairman of Regeneron, chairman of the Board of Advisors at Columbia University Medical Center, and on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, the National Math and Science Initiative, and advisory boards at the University of Pennsylvania.
The 2016 Double Helix Medals Dinner was chaired by Ms. Jamie C. Nicholls and Mr. O. Francis Biondi, N. Anthony Coles, M.D., Mr. Kenneth C. Frazier, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon, Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., and George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.
|Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, including Dr. James Watson the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campuses in Long Island and in Suzhou, China. The Laboratory's education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.|
|Also last Thursday, December 1st, the Museum of the City of New York presented its 2016 Louis Auchincloss Prize to playwright Tony Kushner at a gala dinner in the Museum’s Fifth Avenue home.
Playwright, screenwriter and author, Mr. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer, two Tonys, three Obies, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy, two Oscar nominations and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. Four years ago, in 2012, President Barack Obama presented him with a National Medal of the Arts.
Past honorees of the Louis Auchincloss Prize are equally as distinguished in their work, including Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, Stephen Sondheim, Lynne Meadow, Sheldon Harnick, Ada Louise Huxtable, Pete Hamill, and Elliott Erwit.
|The Brazilian Court was the perfect backdrop for more than 75 supporters of Palm Beach Day Academy's Ambassadors Circle on November 16, 2016. The evening's co-chairs, Juliana Gendelman and Caroline Rafferty, welcomed parents, grandparents and faculty of Florida's first independent school for a special post-election presentation from political analyst, Rick Asnani.
The co-chairs' mothers, Lori Gendelman and Julie Fisher Cummings, serve as chairs for the Ambassadors Circle which launched last spring as a new level of stewardship at Palm Beach Day Academy. The Ambassadors Circle mission is to unite both campuses of Palm Beach Day Academy with the broader community around the values of leadership and service shared between generations. The Ambassadors Circle has led the way in promoting awareness of the Great Expectations campaign for the lower campus Education Center. Many of those in attendance supported the campaign and were first to hear the new building will break ground in the coming weeks.
|Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as Dr. Edwin Gordon, Head of School for PBDA, shared that the new academic facility will ensure that PBDA's youngest students will learn in an environment that promotes academic excellence and the social, emotional, and physical development that will help to shape them into future leaders. He also shared a video from the school's "Teach In," which took place on both campuses during election day. The special day-long curriculum focused on democracy and engaged citizenry while the students participated in various activities around the Presidential, state and local elections. Leading up to the "Teach In," Asnani and several community leaders met with the next generation of engaged voters for a Q&A session.|
|Celebrating 95 years as Florida's first independent school, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving approximately 450 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age two through ninth grade, is dedicated to providing students with a learning experience that challenges to excel, empowers to act and prepares to lead. Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information, visit pbday.org or call 561.655.1188.|