Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Four Freedoms and Frick

Dinner in the West Gallery at The Frick Collection's Autumn Dinner.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Warmer with temperatures in the low 80s, and rain predicted for later in the evening.

Last night it all started at 5:30 at St. James Church on Madison Avenue and 71st Street, where the Roosevelt Institute presented their FDR Four Freedoms Award to five distinguished laureates.

The Four Freedoms Awards have been presented in alternating years by the Roosevelt Institute in the U.S. and Roosevelt Stichting in the Netherlands since 1963. Past recipients include Presidents Harry S. Truman, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, H.R.H. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, author Barbara Ehrenreich, civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, former chairwoman of The Washington Post Co. Katherine Graham, former South African President Nelson Mandela, former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, author Arthur Miller, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recipient of the Freedom Medal.
Last night, they honored Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was awarded the Freedom Medal for her “decades as a champion of fairness, compassion, and equality for all Americans in the eyes of the law.”

Dancer/choreographer Arthur Mitchell received the Freedom of Speech and Expression Medal for his “use of art to transcend boundaries.”

Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade was awarded the Freedom from Want Medal for her “groundbreaking diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in underserved communities.”

Rev. Dr. William Barber received the Freedom of Worship Medal for “his work building progressive coalitions in his native North Carolina and across the country.”

Katrina vanden Heuvel on behalf of The Nation magazine was awarded the Freedom from Fear Medal for its commitment and dedication to truth-telling by covering difficult, substantive and relevant new stories.”

At 6:30 Mark Gilbertson hosted his annual Autumn Cocktails at the Terrace of a private club on Park Avenue. More than 250 New Yorkers, friends and associates of Mark congregated for drinks and the best classic hors d’oeuvres in town (Pigs-in-a-blanket, etc.). This is one of those one- or two-degrees of separation gatherings, many members of the social set, many of whom have known each other for most, (or even all) of their lives, so it’s relaxed with lots of conversations. Cutty McGill photographed most of the lot of us and so we’ll be seeing them in the next couple of days on the Diary.
Guests gathering at Mark Gilbertson's annual Autumn Cocktail Party last night.
Deborah Norville and Bruce Addison. James de Givenchy, Marina Rust Conner, and Mark Gilbertson.
Polly Onet and Elizabeth de Kergorlay. Karen Klopp, Bruce Colley, and Hillary Dick.
Meanwhile over at the Union Club the Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award  was presented to Peter Duchin in an evening of cocktails and dinner.

While over on Columbus Circle at the Mandarin Oriental
, the Pasteur Foundation hosted its gala dinner (black tie) celebrating 125 years of global health network.

Monday night we missed the Frick Collection’s Annual Autumn Dinner  which plays a unique role in the social landscape of New York on the Frick’s social and fundraising calendar. (They raised $1.4 million). The New York Times has referred to it as one of the “Most memorable parties of the year”  (as any event in that extraordinary venue is quickly sold out).
Irene R. Aitken, Frick Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, and Benefit Chairman and Young Fellows Steering Committee Member Jennifer Wright.
This year’s black-tie dinner honored Sidney R. Knafel, a generous friend and benefactor of The Frick Collection as well as  many other arts and educational institutions throughout the United States. The cocktails and dinner is the only sit-down dinner held in the museum’s monumental picture galleries, where guests are seated among masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.

Besides being a devoted patron of American educational institutions, Mr. Knafel is a trustee emeritus of both The Juilliard School and Wellesley College, where he was formerly vice chairman. Through the Knafel Family Foundation, his generosity has reached Rockefeller University, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Rogosin Institute, among many others. Mr. Knafel, a longtime supporter of the Frick joined the Board of Trustees.
Honoree and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel.
Honoree and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel and Frick Director Ian Wardropper.
Benefit Committee Member and Frick Board of Trustees Chairman Margot Bogert, Honoree and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel, and Frick Director Ian Wardropper.
A recent gift from Mr. Knafel made possible the Frick’s acquisition of an important sixteenth-century Saint-Porchaire ewer, newly attributed to Bernard Palissy. Mr. Knafel is a knowledgeable and dedicated collector. His remarkable collection of faïence is among the largest and most important in the world, and his expertise—which he lends to the Frick’s Decorative Arts Fellows Committee—extends throughout the field.

All of the galleries were open for guests to enjoy, including the Portico Gallery, added in 2011, which currently features the special exhibition From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue: French Porcelain at The Frick Collection. This exhibition marks the first time in 35 years that the Frick has shown these objects together and presents a new perspective on the collection by exploring the role that Sèvres porcelain played in eighteenth-century France, as well as during the American Gilded Age.
Cocktails in the Garden Court.
East Gallery set for dinner.
West Gallery set for dinner.
Dinner is served in the West Gallery.
Dinner in the Oval Room.
Also on view especially for the evening in the museum’s Ante Room was the Frick’s recent acquisition of an unusual Saint-Porchaire ewer decorated with a lizard spout and a handle in the shape of a bearded man. The ewer enjoys a prestigious provenance, having descended in the French branch of the Rothschild family.
Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Michael Horvitz, Benefit Chairman Jane Horvitz, Honoree and Frick Trustee Sid Knafel, Benefit Committee Member Londa Weisman, Frick Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, Sarah McNear, Benefit Committee Member and Frick Board of Trustee Chairman Margot Bogert, Benefit Chairman and Young Fellows Steering Committee Members Jennifer Wright and Amory McAndrew, and Benefit Chairman Alexia Leuschen.
Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Michael Horvitz and Benefit Chairman Jane Horvitz.
Benefit Committee Member and Frick Trustee Monika McLennan and Frick Director Ian Wardropper. Young Fellows Steering Committee Member Lucy J. Lang, Sean McAndrew and Benefit Chairman, and Young Fellows Steering Committee Member Amory W. McAndrew.
Benefit Chairman and Young Fellows Steering Committee Member Jennifer Wright and Frick Deputy Director of External Affairs Tia Chapman.
Irene and Charles McCreery. Shirin Christoffersen and Benefit Chairman Alexia Leuschen.
Frick Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, Benefit Committee Member Londa Weisman, Honoree and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, and Sarah McNear.
Frick Associate Director of Media Relations and Marketing Heidi Rosenau, Frick Manager of Media Relations and Marketing Alexis Light, and Frick Media Relations and Marketing Assistant Alison Peknay. Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang.
Frick Director Ian Wardropper, Sarah McNear, and Benefit Chairmen Alexia and David Leuschen.
Frick Director Ian Wardropper, Sarah McNear, Benefit Chairman Jane Horvitz, and Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Michael Horvitz.
Sarah McNear, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, Benefit Chairman and Young Fellows Steering Committee Member Jennifer Wright, and Frick Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon.
Tanya Rivero. Sidney R. Knafel and Benefit Committee Member Londa Weisman.
David Goldman and Mark Schaffer.
Joseph Bae and Janice Lee.
Benefit Committee Member and Frick Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani and Susannah Hunnewell Weiss. Heidi Rosenau and Catherine Sabino.
Anita Meltzer, Elaine Texter, Kimberly Texter, and Donald Texter.
Dana Ribe and Frick Head of Human Resources Dana Winfield.
Matthew Evans, Peter Evans, Jen Evans, and Barbara R. Evans.
Jerry Anne and Victor Costa. Frederick W. Beinecke, Amy Falls Rogers, and Bob Campbell.
Ben Taylor and Sheela Kini Taylor.
Christopher Warren, Kelly Fradin, Jonathan Cohen, Brooke Russell, Bill Fradin, and Tanya Rivero.
Nonnie Frelinghuysen, Frick Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, Alan Wintermute, and Frick Director of the Center for the History of Collecting Inge Reist.
Henry H. Arnhold with Frick Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon.
Benefit Committee Member Barbara Reibel, Benefit Committee Member and Frick Trustee James Reibel, and Kate Reibel. HRH Princess Alexandra of Greece and Amir Khamneipur.
Benefit Committee Member and Frick Trustee Melinda M. Sullivan, Benefit Committee Member Paul Sullivan, and Anne Sidamon-Eristoff.
Benefit Committee Member and Frick Broad of Trustees Chairman Margot Bogert and Frick Deputy Director and COO Robert Goldsmith.
Joanne du Pont Foster and Barbara Robinson. Candace Beinecke, Jock Reynolds, and Sinclaire D. Marber.
Judy Davis, Sydney Shuman, Dailey Pattee, and Stanley S. Shuman.
Benefit Committee Member Sofia Blanchard, Mary Goldschmidt, and Benefit Committee Member and Frick Trustee Elizabeth Eveillard.
Candace Beinecke, Lorraine Ferguson, and Adam D. Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Benefit Committee Members Mary and Howard Phipps. Robert Froelich and Frick Trustee Emily T. Frick.
Gregory Warner, Patricia Farman-Farmaian, and Alexander Farman-Farmaian.
Director of the Morgan Library and Museum Colin B. Bailey, Benefit Committee Member and Frick Trustee Monika McLennan, and friend.
Alena Simone and Benefit Committee Member Alex Bouzari. Frick Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon and Young Fellows Steering Committee Member Lucy J. Lang.
Sally and Howard G. Lepow.
Eiko S. Assael. Christian K. Keesee and Larry Keigwin.
Anne Young and Honoree and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel.
Janine E. Luke and Director of the Morgan Library and Museum Colin B. Bailey.
Helena Martinez and Hugh Bush.

Photographs by Christine Butler and BFA. (Frick)

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