Monday, May 8, 2017

Public Service

Steven Pranica, Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu, Clifford Ross, and Joel Shapiro
On May 4th, more than 400 supporters from the art, business and education communities gathered beneath an outdoor tent on the Seagram Building Plaza as Studio in a School marked its 40th anniversary of providing visual arts education to New York City’s underserved public school students. Founder and Board Chair, Agnes Gund, a prominent, lifelong philanthropist was joined by fellow Gala Honorary Chairs Dorothy Lichtenstein and Ken Cooper. Gala Co-Chairs Sarah Arison, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Colby Mugrabi, John Studzinski and Amanda Taylor Brokaw were present, along with Artist Committee Co-Chairs Jeff Koons, Clifford Ross and Fred Wilson, in addition to Studio President and CEO Thomas Cahill and Executive Director Christopher Wisniewski. Tony-winning playwright and performer, Sarah Jones, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
Bronson Van Wyck designed a tent on the Seagram Building Plaza, adorned with vibrant and fanciful artwork, including hand-painted banners and a salon style gallery wall.
The works of art, which were created by students from Studio’s partnering schools, feature children exploring and enjoying outdoor environments
Table décor
Gala sponsor The Row dressed co-chairs Sarah Arison, Colby Mugrabi and Amanda Taylor Brokaw. Agnes Gund, Sarah Arison, Colby Mugrabi, Amanda Taylor Brokaw and the evening’s Master of Ceremonies Sarah Jones wore jewelry by sponsor David Yurman throughout the evening. Among the event’s attendees were Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Lewis B. and Louise Cullman, Bara and Alex Tisch, Alberto Mugrabi, Perri Peltz, Sarah and Geoffrey Gund, Lulie and Gordon Gund, Kara and Steve Ross, Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky, Ann and Graham Gund, Richard and Ronay Menschel, Adam Lindemann and Amalia Dayan, Rachel Hovnanian, Paul and Alexandra Herzan, John Theodoracopulos and Serena Boardman, Mollie and Alexander Acquavella, Glenn and Susan Lowry, Klaus Biesenbach, Jock Reynolds, Charles and Diana Revson, Don Gummer, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Chuck Close, Teresita Fernandez and Kevin Taylor, Julian Lethbridge, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Brooke Neidich, Sarah Sze, Cecily Brown and Nicolai Ouroussoff, Glenn Ligon, Ross Bleckner, William Wegman and Christine Burgin, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Chancellor Carmen Fariña and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.
Christopher Wisniewski, Cathy Ramey, Noel Copeland, Damali Miller, Valerie Hammond, Robin Holder, Tom Cahill, Jan Moseman, and Gail Molnar
Agnes Gund presented Raymond J. McGuire of Citi with artwork from a third grade student at PS 139 in Brooklyn, praising his outstanding leadership in New York City’s arts and culture community. Dorothy Lichtenstein honored Studio Artist Partners John Baldessari, Jennifer Bartlett, Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Vik Muniz, Clifford Ross, Joel Shapiro and Kiki Smith for their generous donations of their art to benefit Studio in a School. Wisniewski celebrated Studio Artist Instructors Noel Copeland, Valerie Hammond, Robin Holder, Damali Miller, Gail Molnar, Jan Moseman and Cathy Ramey, for more than 20 years of service to the students of New York City.

For more information about Studio in a School, visit
Pat Lazak, Agnes Gund, and Sydie Lansing
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen
Thomas Wilhelm and Sarah Arison
Bara Tisch, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Brooke Neidich, and Ali Wise
James Hoge, Cathy Lacey, and Jeff Koons
Dorothy Lichtenstein and Jack Shear
Evan Yurman, Cliff Brokaw, and Olivier Sarkozy
Charles and Diana Revson
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Elizabeth Thomson
Colby Mugrabi and Maggie Kayne
Amanda Taylor and Alex Kuczynski
Ruth Lazarus
John Reiley, Ken Cooper, and Richard Meisenberg
Celerie Kemble and Bronson Van Wyck
Anh Duong
Nathlie Provosty and Clifford Ross
Paul and Alexandra Herzan
Agnes Gund, Sarah Jones, Darren Walker, Michelle Alexander
Eve Xanthopoulos and Chuck Close
Sharon Hurowitz, Tom Cahill, and India Wolf
Perri Peltz
Raymond J. McGuire and Agnes Gund
Thelma Golden and Agnes Gund
Raymond J. McGuire, Amanda Taylor, Cliff Brokaw, and Crystal McCrary
Alexander Acquavella, Mollie Acquavella, and Alberto Mugrabi
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 600 supporters attended the 18th Annual Spring Luncheon, presented by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) at Cipriani 42nd Street.  Nearly $900,000 was raised with proceeds benefiting FARE, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and providing them hope through the promise of new treatments.  

The Legacy Award was presented to Roxanne and Amanda Palin for their commitment to FARE and for raising awareness of the seriousness of food allergies. WABC-TV news anchor Ken Rosato, who is personally affected by food allergies, was the master of ceremonies.

Julie Ader, Liana Silverstein Backal, Abbey Braverman, Laura Tisch Broumand, Helen Jaffe, Roslyn Jaffe, Lianne Mandelbaum, Amie Rappoport McKenna, Melissa Rosenbloom, and Stacey Saiontz were this year’s Co-Chairs.  Jennifer Hoine, Stephanie Leichter, and Anna Yaeger were the Vice Chairs.  Harriette Rose Katz and the Gourmet Advisory Service Team were the Event Advisory Chairs.  Jolie Goldring, Nicole Lenner, Melissa Meyers, Kim Raimondi, and Jennifer Fisherman Ruff were the Raffle Co-Chairs. Jessica Mukasey Barkoff, Elizabeth Hecker, Lisa Jacobs, Sarah Kugelman and Jamie Lichtenberg were the Goodie Bag Co-Chairs.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit
Abbey and Heather Braverman
Nicole Lenner and Lisa Stulberger
Paige Cali, Jennifer Kinderman, Alexis Moses, and Anna Yaeger
Jeanne Feldman, Natalie Chizak, and Stacey Saiontz
Amie Rappoport McKenna and Helen Jaffe
Dani Palin, Roxanne Palin, Ben Palin, Amanda Palin and Dean Palin
Julie Ader and Sophia Ader
Talia Mandelbaum, Lianne Mandelbaum, Josh Mandelbaum, Karen Mandelbaum, and Kip Mandelbaum
Donny Deutsch and Abbey Braverman
Ken Rosato
Claudia Warner, Lexi Rosenbloom, Harriet Rose Katz, and Melissa Rosenbloom
Arthur Backal, Amanda Backal, and Liana Silverstein Backal
Merrill Debbs, Olivia Debbs, Robert Debbs, and James R. Baker, Jr., MD
Julie Leff and Vicki Abrams
Erika Marsh, Laura Tisch Broumand, and Gail Eilers
Lisa Hofmeister, Roslyn Jaffe, and Nancy Plewniak
Krystyna Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer and Isabelle Bscher of Galerie Gmurzynska hosted a dinner on Tuesday May 2nd at Mr. Chow in honor of legendary artist Christo, and style visionary Alexandre De Betak, who designed Galerie Gmurzynska's booth at Tefaf New York Spring, which opened the following evening.

Galerie Gmurzynska's celebratory dinners are some of the most eagerly anticipated events among art fair attendees, and friends including Susan Sarandon, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ellen Burstyn, Valesca Hermes, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Flavin Judd, Rohan Marley, Jennifer Creel, art historian Germano Celant, Janna Bullock, and Isabelle's brother Lucas Bscher, were among the 100 guests who joined the mother and daughter art dealers, Ms. Gmurzynska and Ms. Bscher, and the Galerie CEO, Mr. Rastorfer for dinner.
Susan Sarandon, Isabelle Bscher, and Ellen Burstyn
Sofia Sanchez de Betak and Alexandre de Betak
Christo and Germano Celant
Jennifer Creel, Mary Snow, and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Libby and David Mugrabi
Mathias Rastorfer and Krystyna Gmurzynska
Lucas Bscher and Victoria Black
Martina and Fabian Basabe
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Isabelle Bscher
Michael Heller, Mark Suroff, and Rohan Marley
Janna Bullock and R. Couri Hay
Guillaume Troncy, Sofie Dejgaard, and Wladimir Schall
Gregory and Tatiana Callimanopulos
The International Center of Photography held its 2017 Infinity Awards drawing over 500 attendees from the worlds of art, business, entertainment, fashion, philanthropy, and photography, and raised $1.3 million for ICP’s exhibitions and educational programs including its youth-focused community programs.

The evening was a celebration of achievements in photography and visual culture. On hand to accept their 2017 Infinity Award were: Harry Benson (Lifetime Achievement); Sophie Calle (Art); Michael Christopher Brown (Artist’s Book); Michael Famighetti and Sarah Lewis (Critical Writing and Research); Edmund Clark and Crofton Black (Documentary and Photojournalism); Vasantha Yogananthan (Emerging Photographer); and For Freedoms, an artist SuperPAC composed of Hank Willis Thomas, Wyatt GalleryDena Muller, Michelle Woo, and Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels (Online Platform and New Media).
Harry Benson and his daughters Tess and Wendy
ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell
Others VIPs in attendance included event co-chairs Michael A. Clinton and Judith Bookbinder—both from Hearst, and Marjorie Rosen; Dan Rather (iconic newscaster); Tommy Lee Jones (actor) and Dawn Laurel-Jones (photographer); Laurie Anderson (artist/singer); Sade Baderinwa (local TV anchor); Zoë Buckman (artist); Anya Ayoung-Chee (fashion designer/model); Elliott Erwitt (photographer); Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar); Ivan Bart (president, IMG Models); Matthew Blank (Chairman, Showtime); Teju Cole (writer/photographer); Paula Cooper (gallerist); Gillian Laub (film director); Dominique Levy (gallerist); Gilles Peress (photographer); Yancey Richardson (gallerist); Jeffrey Rosen (ICP Board President/Managing Director, Lazard); Mark Seliger (photographer); Liz Smith (noted gossip columnist); Etheleen Staley (gallerist); Stefano Tonchi (Editor-in-Chief, WWD); Deborah Willis (artist); and philanthropists Caryl Englander (ICP Board Chair); Renee Harbers Liddell (ICP Board EVP); Elizabeth and William Kahane; Wendy Benson-Landes; Bob Nederlander; Pat Schoenfeld; Taryn Simon and Jake Paltrow; Merryl and James Tisch; and Heather and Bill Vrattos.
Infinity Award Winners Michael Farmighetti, Hank Willis Thomas, Sophie Calle, and Sarah Lewis with their trophies
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change. Visit to learn more. 
ICP Alum Zoe Buckman and Fashion Designer Anya Ayoung-Chee Marjorie Rosen, Michael Clinton and Judith Bookbinder
Jean Goebel, Dan Rather , and Harry Benson
ICP Trustee Pat Schoenfeld, ICP Chair of Trustees Carole S. Englander, and Chairman of Sotheby's North and South America Lisa Dennison ICP Trustee Almudena Legorreta and and ICP Trustee and Infinity Film Sponsor Renee Harbers Liddell
Elliott Erwitt and family
Glenda Bailey, John Dempsey, and Jeffrey Rosen
Tommy Lee and Dawn Jones
Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Mary Hilliard (SIAS); Getty Images (for ICP)