|Thursday, October 6th, the Rubin Museum of Art held its annual gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway, celebrating the 10th decade of Brainwave, the popular onstage conversation series where neuroscience meets the wisdom of the Himalayas.
Shelley and Donald Rubin, the museum’s co-founders, were the co-chairs along with Fred Eychaner. Honorary Co-Chairs were Mark Morris, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Sellars, and Debra Winger. Dr. Stuart Firestein was emcee. Dr. Beau Lotto, neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and artist gave a special performance accompanied by the music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive.
|The Rubin Museum inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the ideas, culture, and art of the Himalayas and neighboring regions, including India.
The Rubin’s premiere program series Brainwave is where science meets the wisdom of the Himalayas through onstage conversations, films, and in-gallery experiences. Since its inception, Brainwave has invited dozens of neuroscientists, psychologists, celebrities, and spiritual leaders to the Rubin to discuss the wonders of the human mind. The series has introduced new audiences to the provoking ideas and stories told through the artwork in the Rubin Museum’s collection.
|In late September architecture aficionados gathered for an annual dinner in tribute to the great 19th-century English architect Sir John Soane and the groundbreaking museum he created right in the thick of London. These Soaniacs were there to support Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, and have been doing so ardently for the past quarter century. The Foundation’s Visionaries Gala Dinner, held for the third year in a row at the Rainbow Room, capped off a week of events and receptions trumpeting the group’s 25th anniversary, including a Great Collectors Talk by financier Christian Levett (a museum-maker like Soane who opened his own museum in Mougins, France) and a Gala Committee Reception hosted by Alexa Hampton at her apartment.|
|The Gala commenced with guests enjoying the 65th-floor view over Manhattan before heading to their tables in the landmark Rainbow Room (opened in 1934). The evening’s program had a let-there-be-light theme. Architect Thomas A. Kligerman, the foundation’s president, ushered in the Soane Foundation Honors presentations showing off the bronze medallions that are awarded in tribute to visionaries who advance the architectural possibilities of pure light that Sir John mastered and the classical forms he revered.
“For very many reasons but especially for his work with natural light, Thomas Phifer more than merits the recognition that the Soane Foundation offers tonight,” said architect Robert A.M. Stern in bestowing the honor on Phifer, an architect whose works include the Corning Museum of Glass, where filtered light “brilliantly shows glass objects to perfection,” added Stern. In New York City, Phifer has also been bringing light to thoroughfares with his award-winning LED streetlamps.
|Michael Bierut, the other recipient of a Soane Foundation Honors, also helps to deliver clarity to the city’s environment with the WalkNYC initiative, a Department of Transportation program that has put comprehensive pedestrian maps on sidewalks in all five boroughs. The maps are a product of Bierut’s work as partner in the ingenious design firm Pentagram. Bierut, who has overseen graphic design work for many a museum, called the Soane Museum “a beacon for people who think authenticity matters.”|
|Joining the honorees were a Who’s Who of the architecture, design and museum worlds—from around the country and across the Atlantic, including: Co-Chair Charlotte Moss, Joel Barkley, British Consul General Antonia Romeo, Chicago’s Frank Ponterio, San Francisco’s Allison Caccoma, Rob Cassetti of the Corning Museum of Glass, Frank de Biasi, Denver’s Philae Dominick, Mitch Owens of Architectural Digest, Emily Eerdmans, Steven Gambrel, Frank Sanchis of the World Monuments Fund, Alexa Hampton and Pavlos Papageorgiou, Co-Chair Ellie Cullman, Shawn Henderson, Co-Chair Ashley Hicks, in from London with Katalina Hicks, Bronson Van Wyck, Jonathan Hogg, Thomas Jayne, Susan Zises Green, Amy Astley of Architectural Digest, Celerie Kemble, Todd Klein, NYSD’s Jeanne Lawrence, John Bossard, Katie Leede, Sarah Magness, Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney, Brian J. McCarthy, Eileen McComb, Architect James Sanders, Zak Profera and Matt McKay, Architect Annabelle Selldorf, Nick and Courtney Stern, Robert Stilin, San Antonio’s Michael Imber, Baltimore’s Patrick Sutton, San Francisco’s Suzanne Tucker, Becky Birdwell, Newell Turner, Editor in Chief of Hearst Design Group, Atlanta’s Beth Webb, Courtney Coleman and William Brockschmidt, Chicago’s Steven Rugo.|
|Up in Boston, on Saturday October 1st, Bostonians came together to support Save Venice in their annual ball Gioielli dell’ Oriente Masked Ball or loosely translated Jewels of the Orient. The festivities raised funds for the ongoing restoration of the Church of San Sebastiano in the Dorsoduro section of Venice.
The evening kicked off with cocktails in the Reading Room of Boston’s Algonquin Club overlooking the Commonwealth Mall, the spine of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace connecting Commonwealth Avenue to Boston’s celebrated Public Garden. Revelers Corrine Grousbeck and Katherine Chapman Stemberg made a fine showing in decadent Venetian masks.
Dinner followed in the Coolidge and Webster Rooms on the Second floor of the club, featuring decorations conceived by creative minds of committee members Lee Essex Doyle, Lisa Eaton and Francesca Piper Koss.
The red silk table cloths and ornate umbrellas paid homage to The Orient while the Moroccan cuisine and pillow strewn Hookah lounge harkened guests to Marrakech. The silent auction featured stunning donations from Save Venice Board Member Elizabeth Locke, Maud Cabot’s Maud Jewelry, New York’s own Paolo Costagli, Piranesi and Venetian Designer Alexandra Voltan.
The evening’s Raffle, which was won Lucille Spagnuolo, featured a pair of fabulous one of a kind earrings with nearly 100 carats of amethysts and citrines by internationally renowned jewelry designer Hutton Wilkinson for Tony Duquette.
|Costumed guests who raised a glass to celebrate Save Venice’s international efforts included Save Venice Board Member Anne Fitzpatrick, Maud Cabot, Patricia Simboli and Allison Drescher. Also celebrating at the ball were Save Venice Boston Chairman Richard Baiano, Craig Tevolitz, John Bradfield and Dennis Senovich. Voyagers from New York included Dawn Saul, Peter McLaughlin and Amanda Essex. From Palm Beach Phillip Tilearcio and Jack Bochonok joined the festivities along with California’s Cat Jagger Pollen.
Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing restoration of the Church of San Sebastiano, the 16th-century home of Paolo Veronese. At the end of his life Veronese was entombed there in 1588 following decades of his works housed within the church. Thus far, Save Venice has raised nearly $3,000,000 for its ongoing restoration efforts at Sab Sebastiano. The Boston Chapter of Save Venice, along with supporters Katherine and David McRae, Christopher Carlsmith, Donald Freeman, and Anne Fitzpatrick, have now donated over $250,000 in support of this artistic treasure.
|Last Thursday night, The Resolution Project hosted their 7th Annual Resolve Gala at the Harvard Club. 1990's hit group All-4-One took the stage for the ultimate #TBT performance, kicking off the evening with "I Can Love You Like That," followed by their hit song "I Swear."
DJ Ian Mellencamp provided music for guests throughout the rest of the night including Hilaria Baldwin, Hamilton's Sydney Harcourt, Pretty Little Liars actress Dre Davis, model Louisa Warwick, Gabriela Isler and Host Committee members Atti Worku (Miss Ethiopia and Founder, Seeds of Africa) and model Kathrin Werderitsch.
|The Resolution Project is a unique pathway to action for aspiring young leaders committed to changing the world. Nearly 300 Resolution Fellows, in 60 countries on all six inhabited continents (including all across the United States), are working on close to 200 diverse ventures in high-impact fields such as water, food, sustainable development, education, energy and the environment, equality and empowerment, health and wellness, and humanitarian relief. Their efforts have benefitted nearly 800,000 people thus far, making each Resolution Fellow a change agent and a force for good.|