Thursday, April 16, 2009

The need for support

Central Park. 2:35 PM. Photo: JH.
April 16, 2009. Yesterday was an almost warm Wednesday in New York. Traffic all over midtown was at a snail’s pace at lunchtime because of the new Archbishop Timothy Dolan making an appearance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There were cops all along the way on street corners and directing traffic.

I was lunching at La Grenouille with Patsy Tarr,
New York’s leading dance philanthropist. And what is a dance philanthropist? Someone who actively finds ways to support (to raise support, to fund support, to create support for) dance in New York through a variety of ways and means, including her own foundation. Patsy is always out beating the drum for the dancers and the dance and she makes a business of it. In these current financial times, dancers need more support than ever.

Patsy’s magazines – beginning with Dancers Ink and now, 2wice, are celebrating their 20th anniversary in business. There is an exhibition currently on view at the AIGA National Design Center at 104 Fifth Avenue (at 16th and Fifth) of the magazines’ work and it’s a big hit.
The AIGA National Design Center at 164 Fifth Avenue at 16th Street where "Everybody Dance Now: 20 Years of Dancing in Print," a retrospective survey of the visual and performing arts magazines, Dance Ink and 2wice, published by Patsy Tarr and designed by Abbott Miller, is currently on view.
La Grenouille (NYSD Dining, 6.18.08) occupies a special place as the ne plus ultra in the minds of many New York restaurant-goers. Now a long tradition of the Masson family and run by one of the sons of the founders, Charles Masson, it has an elegance that is its own -- both understated and glamorous. It’s been a favorite of the chic and fashionable for decades and yet it’s never lost its freshness, its beautiful ambience, not to mention its delicious cuisine.

Across from us: Jamee and Peter Gregory were celebrating Jamee’s birthday “Yes, the same day as Lincoln’s assassination and the sinking of the Titanic,” Jamee reminded, amused by the irony. Her birthday greeting from us at NYSD was an email from a reader in Oklahoma telling us how she’d read Jamee’s Shopping Diary about shopping with her mother in her home town of Chicago. Afterwards our esteemed reader made the trip to the Windy City and hit all the shops on Jamee’s list and wrote to thank.

Jamee and Peter Gregory. Yesterday was Jamee's birthday, so we took the liberty of putting a birthday hat on her ...
Meanwhile, it was Wednesday at Michael’s lest we forget, and they had their clamoring crowd too which included: Barbara Walters, Diana Taylor, Barry Diller, Jonathan Tisch, Herb Siegel, Brooke Hayward, Sherrie Westin, Dave Zincenko, John Hammond, Tom Goodman, John Hart, Cynthia McFadden, Dana Perino, Dr. Gerry Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Andy Bergman, Michael Kramer, Peggy Siegal, Hoda Kolb, Matt Blank, Christy Ferer, Bobby Zarem, Harry Benson, Chris Meigher, Beverly Camhe, Bobby Friedman, Jon Fine, Henry Schlieff, David Friend, Joe Montebello, Ron Leal, Katherine Oliver, Mika Brzesinski, Cathie Black, and Michael Gross who is minutes away from publishing his “Rogues Gallery,” a history of the Metropolitan Museum, destined to be a must-read amongst the cognescenti, not to mention the art world. Christy Ferer was with Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz, now a newlywed but previously known to Americans (and the rest of the world) as Mme. Sarkozy. Pre-Carla.

Last night in New York. The opening of the 12th Annual Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair (known as SOFA) at the 67th Street Amory on Park Avenue. This opened to packed crowds. Packed. Go and see why; you’ll be glad you did. (NYSD coverage farther down the Diary.)

Then down at Cipriani 42nd Street, the very prestigious American Academy in Rome held their Gala, “Celebrating the Arts” honoring architect Thom Mayne, artist Bruce Nauman and the great Jessye Norman. This is a very special evening for the simple reason that the American Academy is a very special institution that has a heritage of support from a group of influential and affluent Americans. Visit their site:

Adele Chatfield-Taylor
is President. William B. Hart is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Honorary Chairmen of the evening were: Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass, His Excellency Ambassador and Mrs. Giovanni Castellaneta, Mrs. Henry J. Heinz, Mr. Richard Grubman and Ms. Caroline Mortimer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Price, H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Ronald P. Spogli. Dinner Chairs were: Robert Beaser, Wendy Evans Joseph and Laurie Simmons.

NYFCs honorees Ishmael Kamara, Monique Betton, and Sharone Frost with Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos.
Over at the Mandarin Oriental The Friends of New Yorkers For Children hosted their 6th Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fete. The evening is a benefit for youth in foster care in New York City.

This is a very popular event among the younger sets (20-, 30-somethings, and then some) in New York. It is also a fashion event of the first order.

The highlight of the evening is the honoring of ten young people who have been in foster care and are now in our about to enter college. The ten honorees as very young adults appear to be as contemporary and enthusiastic as anyone else in the room. It is only when you consider what they’ve had to endure as children that you realize they’ve been girded by an inner courage that many of us have no awareness of at that early age. Last night’s honorees, incidentally, were styled by Dior Beauty and Frederic Fekkai who no doubt took care of many of the other guests.

New Yorkers for Children is a non-profit organization that partners with the Administration for Children’s Services to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Founded by Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta who himself was once a child in foster care, NYFC recognizes that young people in foster care face myriad challenges, as they go out into the world as independent people. Much is needed that cannot be provided with government funding. NYFC funding reaches youth in many ways including college scholarships, tutoring programs, mentoring and networking opportunities.

The Mandarin’s ballroom with its vistas of Central Park South and Columbus Circle is glam city under the circumstances. The young women were beautifully, often dramatically dressed for the occasion which is mainly a dinner dance with lots of socializing and lots of dancing, and now lots of celebrated personalities including movie stars. Everyone has a really good time.
Rachel Zoe, Lucy Sykes, and Rachel Roy.
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos was Honorary Chair. Event Chairs were Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Joy Bryant, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Julie Macklowe, Susan Shin, Vanessa von Bismarck Weiner and Shirin von Wulffen.

In the crowd: Fabiola Beracasa, Maggie Betts, John Demsey, Gabby Karan DeFelice, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Zani Gugelman, Tinsley and Topper Mortimer, Stephanie LaCava, Selita Ebanks, Genevieve Jones, Josh Hartnett, Common, Alina Cho, Bob Colacello, Hana Soukupova, Serena Williams, Olivia Palermo, Zac Posen, Diane Kruger, Andre Balazs, Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir, Samantha Topping, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Campion Platt, Peggy Siegal, Carson Kressley, Commissioner Scoppetta, Susan Burden, Paul Kanavos, Emmy Rossum, Peter Davis, Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Kevin Liles, Rachel Roy, Geoffrey Bradfield, Christine and Steve Schwarzman, Byrdie Bell, Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie, Ashley Baker.

The following were some of the pictures we took during the evening, with more to follow in Friday’s Party Pictures.
Kevin Liles and Erika Jones. Urban Karlsson and Juan Montoya. Pamela Baxter, Emmy Rossum, and Diane Warren.
Common and Serena Williams. Honorees Jessica Maxwell and William Bitter.
Henriette and Marc Lopresti with Samantha Topping. Tracy Stern. Robert Buckley, Diane Kruger, and Daniel Benedict.
Josh Hartnett. Campion Platt, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Pia Ledy.
Maggie Betts. Christian Laliberte, Sarah Basile, and friend. Bob Colacello and Marisa Brown.
Alexis Clarke, Ashley Baker, and Gillian Miniter. Mickey Boardman and admirers.
Melissa D'Amicis and her uncle Dennis Basso. Peggy Siegal and Euan Rellie. Alison Minton and Michel Witmer.
Fabiola Beracasa. Andrew Saffir, Robert Buckley, and Daniel Benedict.
Erica and Geraldo Rivera with Jason Carroll and Alina Cho. Adelina Wong Ettelson and Gillian Miniter. Jeff and Ashley McDermott.
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Genevieve Jones. Bob Colacello and friend.
The opening of the 12th Annual Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair (SOFA) at the 67th Street Amory on Park Avenue ...
The Armory crowd.
Heidi Riegler and Aliza Boyer. Charles Bronfman and Bonnie Roche Bronfman.
Aviva and Jack Robinson with Kay Buchsbaum.
Mario Buatta and Marilyn White. Donald and Barbara Tober.
Carol Shepard and Alex Henwood.
Bob Levine and Joan Mirviss. Holly Hotchner.
Nancy Baker, Tobie Roosevelt, and Barbara Tober.
Seth and Sarah Glickenhaus with Ben Hartley, Deputy Director, Muesum of Arts and Design. Paul Gregory Speck.
Mary McFadden. Parkin Saunders and Ryan Nessing.
Ursula Neuman, Dack Oslegud, and Lawrence Neuman.
Douglas Heller. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Springborn (from Naples, Fla.).
Ronald Wagner and Timothy Van Dam. Matko Tomicic and Ann Meszo, Director of Longhouse Reserve.
Nan Laitman. Helen Klisser During and Kate Schanley.
Alan and Marcia Docte with David McFadden.
Linda O'Keefee. John Danzer and Deborah Buck.
Kara Brook.
Modus Gallery, Paris.
Berengo Studio 1989, Venice, Itlay.
Berengo Studio 1989, Venice, Itlay.
/Mobilia Gallery, Massachusetts.
Heller Gallery.
Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. Silica Galleries, Philadelphia.
Option Art Galerie.
Galerie Vivendi, Paris.
/Adamar Fina Arts, Miami.
Galerie Vivendi. Thomas R. Tiley Galleries.
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis.
Silica Galleries.
Blue Rain Gallery, Sante Fe.
Blue Rain Gallery, Sante Fe.
Geoffrey Orley and Ashleigh Gersh of Orley & Shabahang.
Ferrin Gallery. Simmer Gallery.
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SOFA photgraphs by Ann Watt.
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