Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Heralding Spring

A nap beside the blooming Forsythia in Central Park. 2:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015. After Monday’s rains and a fog so thick that the tugs guiding the tankers through the East River channel around midnight were laying on their horns every few minutes, Tuesday arrived as a bright sunny day with temperatures in the high 60s.
The branches in the tree off my terrace are about to bloom into leaves. I'd never looked at a leaf bud up close before. How beautiful and complex.
This was on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and 62nd Street. These guys are obviously part of a dog walking team. All big dogs (almost). Sweeties everyone of them; dear ones.
The pear trees blooming on the avenue and the island of 62nd and Park at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
This past Tuesday night, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted its Inaugural Dinner and First Look, a black tie gala for 400 of the museum’s top donors and permanent collection artists to fête its new home, designed by architect Renzo Piano, in the Meatpacking District. The evening heralded the Museum’s public opening on May 1, 2015.

Upon arrival to this historic event, which was sponsored by Sotheby’s and designed by Bronson Van Wyck, guests were treated to wines and spirits by Dom Pérignon and Moet Hennessy USAas well as a special preview of the museum’s first exhibition in its new home, America Is Hard to See. With over 600 works by some 400 artists spanning from 1900s to current day, the exhibition presents an unprecedented selection of works from the Whitney’s renowned permanent collection.
Brooke Garber Neidich and Laurie Tisch Pamella Roland and Daniel De Vos
Bob Hurst, Brooke Garber Neidich and Neil Bluhm gave welcoming remarks as guests were seated to dinner in the museum’s lobby, which Bronson Van Wyck had adorned with Renzo Piano’s blueprints for the new building. After the first course was served, dinner guests enjoyed remarks by Michael Bloomberg, Adam Weinberg and Whitney Chief Curator Donna De Salvo. Following the main course, Brooke Garber Neidich returned to the podium to introduce a special surprise musical performance by Rufus Wainwright.

After the live concert, Adam Weinberg led dinner guests in a Dom Pérignon toast to Renzo Piano before inviting everyone to dessert in the museum’s restaurant and galleries. Guests left with specialized gift bags containing the exhibition handbook and Renzo Piano book, and transportation to and from the evening was provided by Audi.
Kimberly and Scott Resnick Meredith Bluhm-Wolf, Neil Bluhm, and Leslie Bluhm
Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director, was joined by guests Michael R. Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Renzo and Milly Piano, Lisa and Max Anderson, Francesca Amfitheatrof, Richard Armstrong, Flora Miller Biddle, J. Darius and Jill Bikoff, Neil and Barbara Bluhm-Kaul, Thomas and Stevie Campbell, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Paula Cooper, Donna De Salvo, Dan and Pamella DeVos, Fairfax Dorn, Stefan Edlis, Robert Speyer and Anne-Cecilie Engel Speyer, Lise and Michael Evans, Tom Finkelpearl, William T. Georgis, Barbara Gladstone, Arnold and Milly Glimcher, Marc Glimcher, Thelma Golden, Christine and Andrew Hall, Patricia E. Harris, Jane Holzer, Bob Hurst, Warren and Allison Kanders, Dodie Kazanjian, Leonard and Judith Lauder, Mark Lebow, Arnold & Pam Lehman, Jack Macrae, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Martin Marguilies, Elizabeth Margulies, Matthew Marks, Danny Meyer, Robert Mnuchin, Gael Neeson, Daniel and Brooke Garber Neidich, Peter and Gwen Norton, John and Amy Phelan, Allen and Kelly Questrom, Emily K. Rafferty, Scott and Kimberly Resnick, Charlie Rose, David A. Ross, Sandy Rower, Fern and Lenard Tessler, Laurie Tisch, Calvin Tomkins, Zoe Weinberg, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner. 

Among the artists attending were Jasper Johns, Michele Abeles, Lynda Benglis, Carol Bove, Paul Chan, Chuck Close, George Condo, John Currin, Mark di Suvero, Carroll Dunham, Nicole Eisenman, Rachel Feinstein, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Roni Horn, Glenn Ligon, Rick Liss, Helen and Brice Marden, Richard Rogers, Joel Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, Terry Winters.
Adam Weinberg
The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1930 by Flora Biddle’s grandmother, the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875−1942). It houses the foremost collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Mrs. Whitney, who was an accomplished sculptor, was an early and ardent supporter of modern American art and nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years.

The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is new and influential in American art today.
David Zalaznick, Barbara Zalaznick, Nancy Crowne, and Steve Crowne Carol Vogel
Hannah and Terry Winters
Richard Armstrong and Dorothy Waxter Francesca Amfitheatrof and Julia Maramotti
Mark Lebow, Patricia Harris, and Flora Miller Biddler
Glenn Ligon and Thelma Golden Eric Johnson and Monica Eulitz
Chrissy Iles, Jörn Weisbrodt, Rufus Wainwright, and Linda Yablonsky
Adam Weinberg, Helen Marden, Brice Marden, Brooke Garber Neidich, and Emilia Rossato
Ellen Phelan, Joel Shapiro, Dana Miller, and Scott Rothkopf Martha Scott Burton
Mark di Suvero and Kate Levin
Lori and David Carey Barbara Haskell and Claudia Gould
Jörn Weisbrodt, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Firooz Zahedi, and Rufus Wainwright
Elisabeth Lebovici and Zoe Leonard Renzo Piano and Emilia Rossato
Mark Lebow, Diana Taylor, Jamie Niven, and Karen Sutton
Julia Gruen and Gil Vasquez Carol and Michael Weisman
Henry Cornell, Vanessa Cornell, Fred Wilson, and Brooke Garber Neidich
Leonard Tessler, Fern Tessler, Nancy Poses, and Fred Poses Dan Neidich and Brooke Garber Neidich
Max Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson, Charlie Rose, Amanda Burden, and Donna De Salvo
Scott Rothkopf, Fiona Donovan, and Mark Donovan Victoria Robinson and Nicole Eisenman
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf, Barry Sternlicht, Leslie Bluhm, and Bill Wolf
Scott Stringer and Elyse Buxbaum Donald and Catie Marron
Chuck Close and Noosh
Francesca Bianchi and Kevin Schorn Barbara Gladstone and Carroll Dunham
Seton Smith, Kiki Smith, Scott Rothkopf, and Brice Marden
Thomas P. Campbell and Phoebe Campbell Rob Speyer, Anne-Cecile Speyer, and Tom Tuft
Leonard Lauder, Judy Glickman, Brooke Garber Neidich, Nancy Crowne, and Steve Crowne
Fairfax Dorn, Marc Glimcher, and Anne-Cecile Speyer Lise Evans
Adam Weinberg and Cindy Sherman Zoe Leonard, Laura Flanders, and Elizabeth Streb
Burt Resnick, Judy Resnick, Scott Resnick, and Kim Resnick
Soledad and Robert Hurst Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla
Zoe Weinberg, Michael O'Leary, and Lorraine Weinberg
Jane Holzer and Brooke Garber Neidich
Memachen and Liora Sternberg Lisa Dennison and Gabriela Palmieri
Jane Holzer, Mark di Suvero, and Candia Fisher
Allen and Kelli Questrom Anne Bass and Julian Lethbridge
Flora Miller Biddle and Jasper Johns
John Currin and Rachel Feinstein Jill Bikoff and J. Darius Bikoff
Fiona Donovan gazing upon the portrait of the lady who started it all -- her great-grandmother Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
Crystal McCrary Christopher Lew, Alexandra Wheeler, Monica Eulitz, Hillary Strong, and Gina Rogak
Donna Rosen
Carter Foster, Anne Ames, and George Condo
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo
Bunty and Richard Armstrong
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Dorothy Lichtenstein
George and Mariana Kaufman
Helen Marden
Lisa Dennison
Suzanne Cochran and Max Anderson
Joel Wachs and Christiane Paul
 

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