Thursday, August 31, 2017

Women Artists, Maestros, and Keepers of the Flame

Andrea Grover, Toni Ross, Dianne Benson, Alice Aycock, Terrie Sultan, Michelle Stuar, and Barbara Rose at the second in a series of talks on Women Artists at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.
On Sunday, August 20th, the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra gathered to celebrate Maestro Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra's return to New York. The Budapest Festival Orchestra performed a critically-acclaimed staged concert of Mozart's Don Giovanni for three sold out audiences at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center to close the Mostly Mozart Festival. Following the Sunday evening performance, Board members and guests of the FBFO celebrated at the Ascent Lounge at a reception with Maestro Fischer and the lead singers.
Ivan Fischer, Sylvia Hemingway, Sergio Orozco, and Gloria Fieldcamp
Ivan Fischer, Vera Blinken, and Ambassador Donald Blinken
Kati Marton, Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Tuniberg, Vera Blinken, and Ambassador Donald Blinken
Miriam Khiari and Ambassador Khaled Khiari
David Tobey and Kathryn Livingston Forgan
Steve Greenwald, Rebecca Greenwald, and Ivan Fischer
Aaron Feinstein, Dr. Anna Bizco, and Adam Gyorgy
Tom and Joanne Hilberth
Sylvia Hemingway, Susan Bender, and Stephanie Stokes
Caresse Langsberg, Gloria Fieldcamp, Tony Bechara, and Mariana Cuevas
Laura Aikin, Zoltan Csimma, and Christina Csimma
Jose Fardilha, Stephanie Stokes, and Ivan Fischer
On Saturday, the second in a series of talks on Women Artists at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, was a smashing success with over 150 collectors and artists, mostly women, in attendance. Conceived by artist Toni Ross, the series is dedicated to her mentor, Elaine de Kooning.

Dianne Benson,
the president of LongHouse, welcomed the audience. Moderated by Guild Hall’s Andrea Grover, a spirited panel deeply moved listeners by presenting a thoughtful diverse conversation.

Artist Alice Aycock opened by quoting a  New York Times op-ed piece by Charles Blow, “to achieve as an act of defiance.”  She went to share autobiographical facts including, “my father was in construction which is why it was normal for me to envision cranes and bulldozers assisting my work.” 
The spirited panel.
The Parrish Art Museum’s director, Terrie Sultan, took up Alice’s theme sharing, “The strongest act of defiance can just be turning out every day. That’s a way you can achieve” and offered advice to young women, “Turn a crisis into an opportunity.  That’s been a continuing source of strength for me.”

Artist Michelle Stuart took a more independent tack, “Curiosity is what drives us.  I wonder about the relationship between patterns. That gives me a great deal of pleasure. To own them by drawing them and converting them to another mystery. “
Art historian Barbara Rose continued the theme, “For all the women on this panel this is not a career, this is an avocation.  None of us have a choice ... I ask my students to raise their hands if you can do anything else.  The ones who respond I tell them, ‘go do it!’”  Eventually she turned to a more historical view, “I spent winters with Georgia O'Keeffe in Albuquerque ... I used to spend my summers here with Lee Krasner.  She was a huge influence on me.  At that time her work was not taken seriously.  She was ‘The Widow Pollock.’  Her retrospective at MoMA [1985], which I curated, was the first for a Woman Artist.  I’m very proud of that.”

The talk took place in a leafy grove amid a new sculptural installation by Toni Ross titled, Sanctuary Entwined. Jack Lenor Larsen, the founder of LongHouse, commented recently, “We try to be current or at least relevant, but — in a quarter-century — we have never been so 'right on' as now, with Toni Ross. Because this, her newest work, is so definitely on the upswing! That she moved from clay to fiber and from indoors to the landscape, is pertinent. That she has also mastered a new textile form is phenomenal! We could not be more pleased!" 
Dianne Benson and Linda Stein
The next conversation is on September 23 at 11:00 with artists Bastienne Schmidt, Zina Saro-Wiwa, and Almond Zigmund, and moderated by Pernilla Holmes. Admission is free and open to the general public (R.S.V.P. Jack Meyer, or 212.271.4283).

This series, “Women Artists: Reshaping the Conversation,” is underwritten by a contribution from the Alpine Capital Bank, the Aboodi and Hoffman families. Additional generous donations from Integrated Exercise Therapy (IET) of Bridgehampton, and Dorothy Lichtenstein.  A previous event was also made possible by a gift from TAG Associates LLC. The August 26 event was also made possible by a gift from Sheri Sandler. The September 23 event is also made possible by a gift from Neda Young. Special thanks to Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder and Ricco Maresca Gallery, whose generosity helped make Toni Ross’s installation a reality. 
Michelle Stuart and Terrie Sultan
Ron Kaplan and Toni Ross
Ruth Appelhof and Andrea Grover
Stan Baumblatt, Barbara Rose, and Judi Harvest
Americk Lewis Alice Aycock
Terrie Sultan and Kim Snyder
Toni Ross and Emily Goldstein
They raised $300,000 at the recent UNCF "A Mind Is ..." Hamptons Summer Benefit benefiting deserving New York area students. More than 400 guests attended the Aug. 5-6 benefit weekend events, which were held at the private residences of Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, and Lyn and E.T. Williams Jr., Frank Baker, co-founder and managing partner of Siris Capital Group, LLC and Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University, were honored with the Keepers of the Flame award for being champions of diversity and education.
Joe Madison, SiriusXM Urban View radio talk show host, was master of ceremonies. Jane Carter, Errol Taylor, Desiree Watson, William Pickens III, Jean Shafiroff and Paula Taylor were co-chairs for the events on Saturday  and Sunday. Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO, delivered remarks on UNCF’s impact in the state of New York and the importance of community support.

“A Mind Is ...” Hamptons Summer  Benefit platinum sponsors: Siris Capital Group, LLC and Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.

Additional sponsors: Loida Lewis; the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; Sidley Austin LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; RBC Capital Markets; Wellness Interactive; Adam and Stacy Coyle; Christina Lewis Halpern; Moët Hennessy USA; Notorious Pink Rosé; Jean, Martin, Jacqueline and Elizabeth Shafiroff; Sankofa Global Project; Errol and Paula Taylor; Zelnick Media Capital; Stifel; and Jeff and Caren Hendren.

Media partners were SiriusXM, World Bride Magazine, The Independent and Dee & Co. and MLM Presents.
“Where else can you come together to send kids  to college, but in such elegant surroundings in the midst of a Hamptons summer,” said Lomax. “With the support of the community, whom we call our army of advocates, UNCF has invested almost $2 million in college scholarships for New York students, millions of dollars in cash support and technical assistance for our 37 member HBCUs and the almost 1,300 New York students who attend them.”

In its 72-year history, UNCF has raised more than $4.5 billion to support minority students’ quest for better futures.

Guests in attendance included such notables as Don Lemon, Earl Graves, Flo Anthony, Elsie McCabe Thompson and Dale Mason Cochran.

The electrifying weekend included a VIP brunch, silent auction, entertainment by Kym Hampton and Flow and a student testimonial from UNCF Gates Millennium Scholar, Rahim Mahmoud (Rutgers University, 2018) and Clark Atlanta Alumnus of the Class of 2007, Kevin Brown, CEO of Legacy Thinking Labs and founder of Debt Free College Academy.
Cali Hellerman, Chris Echevarria, Jane Carter, and Paula Taylor
Dawne Marie Grannum and Paula Taylor Desiree Watson, Susan Penzner, and Cheryl Hill
Paula Taylor, William Pickens III, and Jean Shafiroff
David Walker, Alayjah Watson, Mohamed Traore, and Desiree Watson
Elsie McCabe Thompson, David Walker, Jean Shafiroff, and Flo Anthony
Earl Graves Victor dE Souza
Sandi Owens, Dawne Marie Grannum, and Elsie McCabe Thompson
Emily Nichols-Mitchell and Dr. Kimberly Williams
Leah Akinleye, Dean Akinleye, and Tracey Finch
Photographs by Annie Watt (Budapest); Jenny Gorman (LongHouse Reserve); Patrick McMullan (UNCF)