Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Comings and Goings

Watching the passing parade. 1:45 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Mild, overcast and almost warm yesterday in New York, with warmer day forecast for the rest of the week.

It was a busy night in the big town. Over at the New York Public Library they were hosting the annual Library Lions Gala honoring Alan Bennett, Judith Jamieson, Maria Kalman, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Gloria Steinem at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, with a program and dinner and a special performance at the library by Renee Fleming.

David Furnish and Elton John at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 14th annual An Enduring Vision Gala.
While up at the Plaza the Drama League was holding its Centennial Gala honoring the great Bernadette Peters with cocktails, dinner and performances by Annleigh Ashford, Tammy Blanchard, Leanne Cope, Mara Davi, John Dossett, Danielle Ferland, Joel Grey, Norm Lewis, Sydney Lucas, Marin Mazzie, Debra Monk, Ron Raines, Garen Scribner, Tom Wopat.

The Original Cast and current Broadway Cast of Dames At Sea,” and special guests Michael Douglas and Gloria Estefan. And down at Cipriani Wall Street, the Elton John AIDS Foundation was holding its 14th annual An Enduring Vision Gala, hosted by Anderson Cooper.

I started out at Christie’s auction house on 49th Street at Rockefeller Center where Michael S. Smith, the international interior designer was having a book signing for his latest (his fifth) book “The Curated House; Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance” (Rizzoli, publishers) with text by Julia Reed.
The entrance to Christie's with Louise Bourgeois', Spider, conceived in 1996, cast in 1997. Estimate on Request.
I arrived a few minutes before the party got underway and so I feasted on the exhibition from its upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale.
Alexander Calder, Black Areas, 1938. Estimate: $800,000 – $1,200,000.
Roy Lichtenstein, Interior with Yves Klein Sculpture, 1991. Estimate: $7,000,000 – $10,000,000.
Jim Hodges, Our Strength, 1994. Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000.
Robert Longo, Untitled, 1982. Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000.
Robert Longo, Untitled (Study of Frank), Executed in 1981-1988. Estimate: $50,000 – $70,000.
Joe Bradley, Tres Hombres, 2011. Estimate: $1,500,000 – $2,000,000.
Claes Oldenburg, Clothespin Ten Foot, 1974. Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,800,000. Joan Miró, Personnage, 1970. Estimate: $4,000,000 – $6,000,000.
Andy Warhol, Jackie, 1964. Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,800,000.
Elizabeth Peyton, Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention August 2008. Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000.
Andy Warhol, Siberian Tiger, 1983. Estimate: $3,000,000 – $4,000,000.
Despite his “international reputation,” Michael is a California boy, born and bred, with a fabulous house in Holmby Hills, a sprawling desert retreat in Rancho Mirage as well as a “pied a terre” penthouse on East 72nd Street, all of which he shares with his longtime partner James Costos, who is currently President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to Spain where Michael spends at least a week a month or whenever he can tear himself away from his very busy business.

“Spain is the mother ship,” he says, alluding to California’s history as a Spanish colonial outpost. “Every third grade art class in the state was assigned to make mission houses out of sugar cubes. It was part of the curriculum.” Meanwhile back in Madrid, Michael re-did the US embassy, which had not been changed since the days when Angier Duke was Lyndon Johnson’s ambassador to Madrid in the mid-1960s.
Michael with his partner James Costos, Ambassador to Spain, in the embassy's private sitting room/dining room, in front of one of four wall paper panels that depict the Spanish arrival in Peru, which serendipitously Michael happened to have in storage.
The terrace of the Smith/Costos residence in Holmby Hills. Click to order.
The living room seating area at the Holmby house, a striking example of the high/low mix Michael Smith has been known for. The affordable concrete coffee table and casual low sofas, slipcovered in Smith's own Jasper fabric share space with 19th century gilded Italian chairs.
All of Smith and Costos residences – Holmby, Rancho Mirage, Manhattan and now Madrid – are in this new book as well as several private residences that Michael has done for clients both here and in Europe. Happily for the design-minded who buy this book, it also contains an index of many of Michael Smith’s resources both here in New York and Los Angeles as well as Europe.
Guests gathered at the book signing.
Who's next?
Denise LeFrak Colicchio watches as Michael autographs her book.
This guest has some presents for her lucky friends, all of which Michael signs.
The signature.
Mr. Krasner of Christie's standing in front of, coincidentally, a canvas by Lee Krasner.
The author/designer with Janis Gardner Cecil. And with Susan Magrino, who has visited Michael and Ambassador Costos in Madrid.
Keith Gudhus and Betinna Zilkha. Luba DeLuca and Heather Stein of Christie's.
Guests and cocktails.
A commercial work of Art and Gilt belonging to a Michael Smith fan.
A view of Rockefeller Plaza and the trees surrounding the skating rink. 8:15 p.m.
Skaters delight at the Rockefeller rink.
St. Patrick's Cathedral at the same hour (mobbed by visitors).
More catching up. A week ago Monday, October 26th, more than 400 leading names in international relations, politics and business gathered at New York’s Pier 60 at the Chelsea Piers to salute peacemakers for the Crisis Group’s 2015 In Pursuit of Peace Awards Dinner.

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group and co-founder of The Elders, was presented with Crisis Group’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, for his inspiring leadership in pursuit of peace, human rights and sustainable development, by Jordan’s Queen Noor

Longtime Crisis Group supporter, financier and philanthropist George Soros took to the podium to present Italian stateswoman Emma Bonino with the Fred Cuny Award for the Prevention of Deadly Conflict.
George Soros and Emma Bonino.
Two central players in the foundation of the new Tunisian democracy, President Béji Caid Essebsi and Nahda Party leader Rached Ghannouchi, jointly received the coveted Founder’s Award for pioneers in peacebuilding (former Tunisian Ambassador Ahmed Ounaies was on hand to accept the honor for President Essebsi). 

Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans was honored with a Founder’s Award for conflict prevention, while the outgoing governor of Nigeria’s Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, was feted with the Steven J. Solarz Award for Commitment to Peace, Justice and Security. Former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, was honored with Crisis Group’s President’s Award for her exemplary leadership in responding to the plight of civilians affected by war.   
Richard Branson, Frank Giustra, and Jean-Marie Guéhenno.
Sir Harold Evans and Tina Brown.
Other notables who gathered to honor the winners and celebrate Crisis Group’s 20th anniversary of promoting peace included the organization’s President and CEO Jean-Marie Guéhenno and his wife, lawyer Michele Moss; publishing power couple Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans; Alex Soros; former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, Italian fashion executive Angela Missoni; novelist Joanne Leedom-Ackerman and her husband, financier Peter Ackerman; Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Sebastiano Cardi, entertainment executive John Sykes, financier; and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovak Republic Carl Spielvogel and his wife, author and activist Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, and Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.
Queen Noor and Richard Branson.
Sandy Berger and Crisis Group's Courtney Lobel.
And this past weekend, Halloween, the Apollo Theater brought the spirit of New Orleans to Harlem with The New Orleans Jazz Masquerade. The weekend-long celebration of events included a special mainstage concert with Irvin Mayfield Jr., legendary jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in the New York concert premiere of Bridgewater’s and Mayfield’s new album, Dee Dee’s Feathers.

The masquerade-themed concert was followed by an after party as part of Apollo Music Café in the Theater’s Soundstage and featured the New Orleans Go-Go brass funk band The Brass-A-Holics.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Irvin Mayfield.
The weekend also included a special Apollo Music Café on that Friday night curated and hosted by Bridgewater and featuring Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with up-and-coming young female jazz vocalists, including Jazzmeia Horn, Camille Thurman and Glorious. Other scheduled activities as part of the weekend featured education and cultural activities for families and children, including: an afternoon workshop of mask and music making with designer Vicki Fremont and musician Kevin Hylton; a traditional New Orleans second line as part of the Apollo Education Family Workshop series and an Apollo School Day Live for school children, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield.
On October 23rd, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation honored Beatrix (Betty) A. Hamburg, M.D. and David A. Hamburg, M.D. with The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health for over six decades of pioneering work in mental health. This international Prize is given in recognition of individuals whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound and lasting impact in advancing the understanding of mental health and improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness.

The award was presented by Herbert Pardes, M.D., President of the Foundation's Scientific Council and Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, at the Foundation's 28th Annual National Awards Dinner at the Pierre Hotel. Over 300 people attended the event, which also honored former First Lady Rosalynn Carter with an Honorary Tribute for her tireless work in mental health advocacy.
Dr. Herbert Pardes, Dr. Nancy Wexler, Dr. Myrna Weissman, and James Freudenthal.
Guests in attendance at the dinner included Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein; Constance and Stephen Lieber; Dr. Nancy Wexler; Anne and Ronald Abramson; Milton and Tamar Maltz; Suzanne and John Golden; J. Anthony and Raymonde Boeckh; Dr. Jack Barchas; Jill and Sandy Sirulnick Sheri Wechsler; Bonnie Lautenberg; former NFL Football player Keith O'Neil; former FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg; Cannon Y. Harvey, President and Chief Operating Officer at Anschutz Company; Barbara Toll; Dr. Judith L. Rapoport, Chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch National Institute of Mental Health; and Dr. Helen Mayberg.
Steve Leber, Bonnie Engelbardt Lautenberg, Sandy and Jill Sirulnick, and Suzanne and John Golden.
The dinner also honored winners of the Foundation's 2015 Outstanding Achievement Prizes, including the Lieber Prize (Schizophrenia Research); the Colvin Prize (Mood Disorders Research); the Ruane Prize (Child & Adolescent Research); the Goldman-Rakic Prize (Cognitive Neuroscience); and the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Prize (Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research).

They included Lieber Prize Winners Robert Freedman, MD, Colorado Psychiatric Hospital and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and Patrick McGorry, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRANCZP, University of Melbourne; Colvin Prize Winners Michael Berk, MBBCh, MMed, FF (Psych) SA, PhD, FRANCZP, Deakin University, and L. Trevor Young, MD, PhD, FRCPC, University of Toronto; Ruane Prize winners BJ Casey, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College and The Rockefeller University, and
Francisco Xavier Castellanos, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research; Goldman-Racic Prize Winner Amy F. T. Arnsten, PhD Yale University School of Medicine and the Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale; and Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize winners M. Camille Hoffman, MD, MSCS, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health Medical Center, and Barnaby Nelson, PhD of Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the University of Melbourne.
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein with Connie and Steve Lieber. Dr. M. Camille Hoffman, Baer Prizewinner, and Derec Shuler.
Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman and Milton Maltz. Dr. David A. Hamburg and Dr. Herbert Pardes.
On October 27th, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards, a not-for-profit program, honored the Winners of $150,000 in grants recognizing individuals who help empower women and children, at a luncheon held at Cipriani 42nd Street. Recipients of the 2015 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards are Jessica Sager & Janna Wagner, All Our Kin, Connecticut (Grand Prize $100,000); Simone Bernstein, VolunTEEN Nation, St. Louis, MO (Runner Up $25,000); Kelly Fair, Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, Chicago, IL (Runner Up $25,000).
Janna Wagner, Jessica Sager, Roslyn S. Jaffe, Kelly Fair, and Simone Bernstein.
With over 650 guests, the event was emceed by award winning journalist Soledad
Special guests included Isabel Toledo, Carmen Marc Valvo, Heidi Weisel, Satu Greenberg, Celeste Greenberg, Roslyn S. Jaffe, Director Emeritus, Ascena Retail Group, Inc., David Jaffe, CEO, Ascena Retail Group, Inc., Elise Jaffe, Senior VP Real Estate, dressbarn, & Executive Sponsor, Ascena Cares.

This 2nd annual awards program honors the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe, who co-founded the first dressbarn store in Connecticut in 1962, by giving grants to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children especially in the areas of health, education, social reform and self-esteem.
David Jaffe, Laurel Jaffe, Roslyn S. Jaffe, Elise Jaffe, and Soledad O'Brien.
Jeff Gerstel, Heidi Weisel, and Carmen Marc Valvo Roslyn S. Jaffe and Soledad O'Brien.

Photographs by Chad David Kraus (Brain & Behavior); Don Pollard (Pursuit of Peace)

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