Monday, November 20, 2017

Something Personal

Friederike Moltmann, Gerald Clarke, Barbara Cates, Donald Tober, Barbara Tober, and Roy Kean at the Museum of Arts and Design to celebrate the publication of Avedon: Something Personal.
On November 15th, Barbara Tober hosted a cocktail reception at the Museum of Arts and Design celebrating Steven M.L. Aronson and Norma Stevens' new biography, Avedon: Something Personal. Attended by generations of Avedon colleagues dating back to the late 1950s and photography world luminaries including Maria Hambourg, Carol Squiers, Deborah Bell, and Vince Aletti; and Avedon models Pat Cleveland, Evelyn Kuhn, Patty Hansen, Lauren Helm, Astrid Heeren, and Tony Spinelli. Among the other 375 guests were Susan Cheever, Andre Bishop, Jill Krementz, Jamie Bernstein, Nancy Hoving, Philip Galanes, Carlyne Cerf, and Peter Bacanovic. The book will be on sale starting the week of  November 20th.
Paul von Ravenstein, Pat Cleveland, Steven M.L. Aronson, Pamela Taylor Yates, and Scott Johnston
Barbara Tober told friends, “I was lucky enough to be part of a golden age of magazines at Condé Nast, first at Vogue and then as the editor of Brides. It was a time when great talent like Dick was supported and thrived. Can't wait to read Norma and Steven’s book.” Author Steven Aronson went on to say, "Norma Stevens and I wanted to take readers to the point beyond where even Dick Avedon's closest friends knew him, so the book is no puffography —  it's a very full portrait of a very compelling personality."

Other notable guests included:, Judy Auchincloss, Tina Beriro, Nejma Beard, Patticia Bosworth, Paul van Ravenstein, Young Yang Chung, Michele Cohen, Suzi Cordish, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Brandon Fradd, Cristina Grassi, Richard Johnson, Tom Kalin, Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, James Kaliardos, David Kuhn, Shari Loeffler, Jean Shafiroff, Marie Monique Steckel, and Dante and Tony Spinelli.
James Kaliardos and Sam Shahid
Jacqueline Weld Drake and Jeannette Watson
Donald and Barbara Tober Nicholas and Shari Loeffler
Judy Auchincloss, Brandon Fradd, and Cristina Grassi
Molly Stevens, Dan Bustillos, Norma Stevens, and Mark Peeters
Michele Cohen and Joan Hornig Cindy Spiegel, Mengfei Chen, and Annie Chagnot
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Steven M.L. Aronson, and Suzanne Stephenson
Patricia Bosworth, Tom Kalin, and Pat Hackett
Gerald Clarke, Jean Shafiroff, and Richard Johnson Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer
Stephanie Stokes and Tina Beriro
Tom Florio and David Kuhn
Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare Dante and Tony Spinelli
Nejma Beard, Steven M.L. Aronson, and Pia Lindstrom
Lady Maclean and Margaret Maclean Pat Cleveland and Paul von Ravenstein
Norma Stevens and Steven M. L.  Aronson
Tyler Cord, James Kaliardos, Tom Kalin, and Carla Weinhoff
On Thursday, November 2nd, MasterVoices hosted its 2017 Fall Gala at Carnegie Hall featuring its season opener, Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing. The Gala honored soprano Roxanne Brandt, a member of the MasterVoices Chorus from 1987 to 2012, who was instrumental in making significant contributions to realize MasterVoices late Artistic Director Robert Bass' vision for the organization’s dramatic artistic growth and continues her support to this day. Anne Kaufman Schneider, daughter of George S. Kaufman, was an honored guest of the evening.

Guests enjoyed a pre-concert cocktail reception in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum, and priority seating at the performance of Of Thee I Sing, which featured Bryce Pinkham, Denée Benton, Kevin Chamberlin, Elizabeth Stanley, Chuck Cooper, Brad Oscar, Fred Applegate, and David Pittu, with narration by Mo Rocca. Following the performance, guests adjourned to the Rohatyn Room for a celebratory dinner with cast members.
MasterVoices Artistic Director Ted Sperling on the Carnegie Hall Podium
Denee Benton and Bryce Pinkham
Co-chairs for the evening included Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Roxanne Brandt, Matthew D. Hoffman and Donald R. Crawshaw, Ellen F. Marcus, Rich and Carol Miller and the Lee Thaw Charitable Trust, and Bruce Patrick.

Among the guests were Gary Adamek and Ruth Appelhof, Charlotte and Charles Buchanan, Junia Doan, Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin, Jack and Antonia Grumbach, Andrew and Katy Kaplan, Chet and Karen Opalka, Janet Prindle and Charles Seidler, Judith and Morton Sloan and Frank Skillern.
Kevin Chamberlin and Brad Oscar
Fred and Cherie Applegate
Maria Luisa Rocca and Mo Rocca
Board Chairs Juliana Chen and Deborah Stiles
Justin Daniel and Josh Cogswell Chuck Cooper
John Bult, Matthew Hoffman, Donald Crawshaw, and John Talty
David Pittu, Ted Sperling, and Anne Kaufman Schneider
Beth Holland, Sahra Lese, and Elaine Petschek
Honoree Roxanne Brandt and Penny Jackson
David and Luann Blowers with Richard and Carol Miller
Emma Lou DeLaney and Andrew Palermo
Morton and Judith Sloan
Sammi Cannold and Ricki Nenner
Last Tuesday night, Oxford’s Voltaire Foundation and the American Friends of Compiègne hosted an intimate evening at the Cultural Services - Embassy of France building (the former Payne Whitney mansion). Miles Young, Warden of New College, Oxford, (formerly Worldwide Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy and Mather), was the host, with dinner speakers including the leading Voltaire scholar, Paul LeClerc, Professor Nicholas Cronk, Director of the Voltaire Foundation, and Caroline Weber.

Guests included Corice Arman, Shahnaz Batmanghelidj, Joan Hardy Clark, Joyce Cowan, Michael Cunningham, Cecile David-Weill, Joanna Fisher, Marjorie and Ellery Gordon, Glenn Horowitz and Tracey Jackson, Suzanne Hoyt, Michèle Gerber Klein, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kruger, George and Shelly Lazarus, Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan, David Sadroff, and Elizabeth Stribling.
Dr. Paul LeClerc, Dr. Nicholas Cronk, Dr. Caroline Weber, and Miles Young
The Voltaire Foundation is the world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship.  Its audacious goal is to publish a definitive edition of the complete works of Voltaire, including his never before published history of Louis XV, in 200 volumes by 2020. To do this, they plan six volumes per year (2017 to 2020), and are seeking sponsors for each of the last 24 volumes.  In addition the Foundation publishes Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies with over 600 volumes to date, including the correspondences of several key French thinkers, including Rousseau, Bayle and Helvétius. 
George Lazarus, Miles Young, and Shelly Lazarus
Joan Hardy Clark and Marilyn Perry
April Gow, Judith Ginsberg, and Dr. Paul LeClerc
Judith Ginsberg, Tristian Deterves, and Elizabeth Stribling
Helen Miller, Sarah Thomas, and Shannaz Batmanghelidj
Bill Connor, Elizabeth Stribling, David Sadroff, and Corice Arman
Glenn Horowitz and Tracey Jackson
Laura and Lewis Kruger
Miles Young and Patricia Briguglio
Jim Kerr, Helen Miller, Radford Klotz, and Shahnaz Batmanghelidj
Darrin McMahon and Michèle Gerber Klein
On Tuesday, November 14th, the Borough’s best and brightest turned out in full force for the Holiday House NYC’s 10th Annual Gala benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ® (BCRF) at the Academy Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The gala – which unofficially marks the New York Design community’s launch of the Holiday Season – was a veritable Who’s Who. Holiday House Founder Iris Dankner, Design Chair Thom Filicia, Honorary Chair Christopher Hyland, and ASID Chairs Björn Björnsson and Kim Radovich were joined by Maurice DuboisJuan MontoyaCampion PlattKate RumsonLiz Nightingale, designers Roric Tobin and Geoffrey Bradfield, Benjamin Moore’s Dan CalkinsDaniel Lombardi (Roche Bobois), Lucretia Gilbert and Rebecca Wasserman (BCRF), Tom Krizmanic (Gensler), Martin Kesselman (The Color guy), Suzy Slesin (Pointed Leaf Press), Randi Schatz (Avenue Magazine), Kendell Cronstrom (NYC&G), Barbara Dixon, and many more. 
Designers on staircase
Guests sipped Kim Crawford wine and specialty holiday-themed cocktails as they mingled and meandered throughout the four-story 1920’s mansion to see how designers artfully transformed each of their rooms while designer and singer Anna Maria Mannarino and her jazz band entertained in the center courtyard.  

The showhouse will be open through December 10th with pop up events and talks throughout to help raise awareness and funds for BCR. Participating designers include Patrik Lönn, Alyssa KapitoBonnie Steves, Groves & Co. with Roche BoboisYoung Huh, Jaime WaltersLucinda Loya, Sarah MagnessJames Rixner, Jacqueline Hosford, Robin Baron, Sara TouijerGenevieve Gorder, and more. For additional details visit: http://holidayhousenyc.com
Iris Dankner and Dan Calkins of Benjamin Moore
Daniel Lombardi Orane Abecis, Rayon Black, and Katharina Plath
Rebecca Wasserman, Iris Dankner, and Lucretia Gilbert Barbara Dixon and Bonnie Steves
Duane Clark, Alisa Grayer, and Kate Rumson
Juan Montoya and Urban Karlsson
Thom Filicia Maurice Dubois and Iris Dankner
Wendy Lepkoff, Rio Hamilon, Eloise Goldman, and Christina Juaraz
Participating designers Cheryl Settino Mosher, Jaime Walters, and Sara Touijer
Kim Radovich, Bjorn Bjornsson, and Iris Dankner
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (MAD); David Dupuy/AnnieWatt.com (Oxford); Annie Watt (Holiday House)