Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Behind the scenes

Touring the galleries at The Frick Collection's annual Behinds-the-Scenes Luncheon.
Recently, The Frick Collection held its annual Behinds-the-Scenes Luncheon for members. In addition to a presentation on upcoming exhibitions, the lunch featured a talk by Rika Burnham, Head of Education at the Frick, on the wide range of educational programs offered by the museum.
Young Fellows Steering Committee members Caitlin Davis, Sarah Flint, and Steering Committee chairman Amory McAndrew.
Donna Tsamis, Rika Burnham Head of Education at the Frick, Vasili Tsamis, and Tia Chapman, The Frick's Associate Director for External Affairs.
Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection, Julie and David Tobey, and Frick Board Chairman Betty Eveillard.
After lunch, guests joined  members of the Frick’s education staff in the galleries for a close look at a work of art and the chance to experience firsthand how the team brings the collection to life for the public.
Choreographer Joshua Beamish's MOVETHECOMPANY made their first appearance at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) last Wednesday night with the New York premiere of a full-length piece, Saudade. This is his first major work for New York audiences since he choreographed Restless Creature for Wendy Whelan. Beamish's great friend and supporter, Joanna Fisher, hosted an opening night soiree on the BAM Fisher Rooftop Terrace, alongside her husband Brian and with an enthusiastic host committee of Wendy Whelan, Christopher Wheeldon, Diana DiMenna, and MOVETHECOMPANY board director Roger Kluge.
MOVETHECOMPANY's New York premiere of Saudade.
Guests included ABT’s Kara Barnett (and Dov Barnett), Zhongjing Fang, Catherine HurlinBetsy McBride and Stephanie Williams, The Martha Graham Company’s artistic director Janet Eilber, as well as Francisco Graciano, Judith Hoffman, Emil Kang, Deirdre and Wilson Maddon, Belinda McGuire, and Michele and Steve Pesner. They were joined by dancers, David Norsworthy, Sean Aaron Carmon (Alvin Ailey), Dominic Santia, Timothy Stickney, and Lloyd Knight (who appeared with gracious permission from the Martha Graham Dance Company) and lighting director Mike Inwood.
Wanyue Qiao, Lloyd Knight, Wendy Wehlan, and Zhongjing Fang
Wilson Madden, Deirdre Featherstone, Tracey Nixon, and Iffie Okoronkwo
Pauline Reyniak, Joanna Fisher, Meryl Rosofsky, and Stuart Coleman
Joshua Beamish and Vania Doutel Vaz
Joanna Fisher, Joshua Beamish, and Christopher Wheeldon Dove Barnett and Judith Hoffman
Fred Doner, Jennifer Danner, Wilson Madden, and Deirdre Featherstone
Diana DiMenna, Joshua Beamish, Wendy Whelan, and Montana Roesch
Kara Barnett, Judith Hoffman, Christopher Wheeldon, and Joanna Fisher
The COLLECTOR, a line of luxury handbags from Geneva, Switzerland founded by Sophie Bonvin celebrated the launch of their latest collaboration, the CODE Collection with artist Bill Claps, at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Angelica Patient Assistance Program, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged long-term care patients through programs including art and music therapy. Five percent of sales during the event, and 3.5 percent of sales throughout the month of October 2017, will be donated to The Angelica Patient Assistance Program.
The bags were on display throughout the launch party, where guests could place orders and discuss the pieces with Sophie and Bill. The collection will remain in New York City throughout the month of October, 2017; after, prospective buyers can place their orders through The COLLECTOR’s website.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they viewed the collection of handbags, which are crafted from fine exotic skins and feature motifs by Bill, whose work reflects on communication in the digital age by utilizing the dots and dashes of Morse code. Notable attendees included Sophie Bonvin, Bill Claps, Fareen Butt, Marie-Claire Gladstone, Avanti Gupta, Missy Hargraves, Antoine Verglas, Aurora Fenwick, David Brown, Patricia and Cecilia Lizarraga, Amanda Cronin, Lauren Casarona, Genny Kopina, Masha Filonova, Gigi Salomon, Paul Robinson, Lydia Duanmu, Li Wang, Karen Koval, David Barish, Lauren Richman, Janet Temidayo, Jessie Kirchman, Vita Dauksaite, Irena Yelanchik andOlga Raganelli.
Fareen Butt and Marie-Claire Gladstone Sophie Bonvin and Bill Claps
Founded in 2014 by Ms. BonvinTHE COLLECTOR produces quality handbags and accessories crafted from skins including python, American alligator and South African ostrich. The interior of each bag is lined with lambskin and finished in hardware of gunmetal or plated gold.  In addition to their signature line, every two years THE COLLECTOR collaborates with an artist for a limited edition selection of unique handbags; the most recent collaboration was with Laura Chaplin, granddaughter of legendary film star Charlie Chaplin.
Amanda Jane Stern and Adrienne Stern
Lauren Richman, Janet Temidayo, and Jessie Kirchman
Lauren Casarona Avanti Gupta
Julie Walker and Indira Cesarine
Missy Hargraves and Antoine Verglas Daria Sowell
Alexis Madden, Trisha Duval, and Denise Kazmi
GiGi Salomon, Paul Robinson, Lydia Duanmu, and Li Wang
Sophie Bonvin and Amanda Cronin Patricia Lizarraga and Angeline Ourie
Genny Kopina and Masha Filonova
Photographs by Christine A. Butler (Frick); Patrick McMullan (CODE Collection).