Monday, November 2, 2015

Idyllic for a Sunday afternoon

Approaching Mile 24 in Central Park at the New York City Marathon. 2:45 PM. Photo: JH.
Monday, November 2, 2015. Sunday afternoon. It is mostly cloudy with afternoon Sun occasionally bursting, blazing white through the grey. And then disappearing again.

There is the Marathon going on in the city at this moment of writing, although over here on East End Avenue at 3 p.m., it is warm enough outside for me to have my terrace door open. The avenue is quiet save for the distant sound of a helicopter hovering in the distance above to the west, no doubt watching the path of the runners. The autumn air is not still but quietly swooshing by like a quickening breeze. It is at the moment idyllic for a Sunday afternoon in New York.
Only 2 miles to go!
Last night was Halloween, as the world knows. I went to costume-less dinner with a friend at Sette Mezzo. The trick-or-treaters were out in the apartment building so both elevators were otherwise occupied for this ex-trick-or-treater, and so I finally took the stairs. There were trick-or-treaters in the stairwells too. Little ones, ten and under.  The chirp in their excited voices reminded of that far away moment and the pureness of the fun that I once had, doing the same thing.
Two fashionable post-Modern debutantes wearing their pre-vintage Chanel, from head to toe, to celebrate the holiday.
Sette Mezzo was buzzing at dinner. No costumes though. I wasn’t there last Thursday night, but Jeff and Danielle were there with brother Jason Hirsch among the crowd, which included – at separate tables – Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy; Clive Davis dining with Rod Stewart (at a table nearby), Billy Joel with his wife; and Ron Delsener. Rod exited the restaurant first, stopping by Paul's table for a quick handshake. Soon after, Paul stopped by Clive's table on his way out (and received a kiss of the hand).

We’re back with full calendars in New York.
There were two major galas last week which are fashion galas as well. On Tuesday, October 27th, the 32nd annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event raised more than $2 million for critical Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Willie Geist, co-anchor of The Today Show and Morning Joe emceed, which included remarks from Gala General Chair and Founder Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (daughter of Rita Hayworth) and 2015 Gala Chair Daryl Simon. Simon gave a moving speech about her mother’s battle with the disease, which inspired her to become involved with the Gala. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley poignantly spoke as a part of the program, sharing about her mother’s struggle with dementia.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Larry Herbert, and Michele Herbert. Chris Henchy, Brooke Shields, and Willie Geist.
They honored Michele Larry Herbert with the Rita Hayworth Award. The Herberts have been longtime generous supporters to the cause. Michele spoke powerfully about her dedication to the cause drawing both laughter and tears from the crowd. The Herberts recently committed a substantial gift to create the Michele and Larry Herbert Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s in Women Fund as part  of the Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Fund, which will support critical research into gender vulnerabilities in Alzheimer’s and why woman are disproportionately affected by this disease.  More on this great and glamorous gala later this week on NYSD.

On Wednesday last, The Boys’ Club of New York hosted its 67th Annual Fall Dance at the Plaza last Wednesday night.  The evening was presented in association with Balenciaga and the required attire was “Black and White.” Bronson van Wyck decorated the Grand Ballroom according to the theme along with a sensational bank of thousands of red roses. We’re going to run a good number of photos on it this week but in the meantime, here’s a taste of the fashion that night ...
Tiffany and Claus Moller. Gabrielle Bacon, Sara Ayres, and Nathalie Kaplan.
Eleanor Ylvisaker. Frances Rivera. Mai Hallingby Harrison.
Julia Coleman, Bailey Coleman, Nancy Sambuco, and Maria Hackley.
Tina O'Callaghan and Lily Band. Gigi Mortimer and Kelly Pasciucco.
While out east in Water Mill, NY, the Parrish Art Museum held an opening reception for two important exhibitions: Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen, and Alexis Rockman: East End Field Drawings, on view through January 18, 2016.

Friends, family, and artists came to celebrate the impactful works made by the Janes — two female artists who abandoned the Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s New York art scene to fundamentally reinvent traditional landscape and still-life painting. The daughter of Jane Freilicher, Elizabeth Hazan, attended; as did Julia Gruen and John Gruen, the daughter and husband of Jane Wilson; and artists and friends of the Janes like April Gornik, Eric Fischl. The catalogue essayists for the book, Deborah Rothschild, Karin Roffman, and Mimi Thompson, joined Chief Curator Alicia Longwell for a panel discussion. Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, a sponsor of the Seen and Unseen exhibition, joined the festivities.
Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen, and Alexis Rockman: East End Field Drawings at the Parrish Art Museum.
Artist Alexis Rockman and Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan presented a conversation about his exhibition of works created with soil, sand, and organic material that explore humanity's impact on nature. He adapts an unconventional, ancient technique of depicting images of flora and fauna, while referencing the straightforward approach of a naturalist's field guide.
Alexis Rockman and Terrie Sultan.
For East End Field Drawings, Rockman researched the region's ecosystems and met with local environmentalists and ecologists before choosing 18 specific sites. Rockman will be the artist-in-residence at the Parrish Art Museum this fall. He will work with nearly 350 students from the Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Tuckahoe School Districts who will experience first-hand how an artist transforms ideas and insights into works of art. Participants will study Rockman's large paintings, attend talks by the artist at their schools, gather their own organic materials, and work with Rockman at the Museum to create their own field drawings.
Elizabeth Hazan and Terrie Sultan.
Jonathan Becker and Patricia-Birch Becker.
Alicia Longwell, Deborah Rothschild, Karin Roffman, and Mimi Thompson. Terrie Sultan and Kathryn Curran.
Julia Gruen, John Gruen, and April Gornik.
Alicia Longwell, Sandy Perlbinder, and Stephen Perlbinder.
Fred Seegal and Peter Haveles in front of a series of Alexis Rockman drawings.

Photographs by Daniel Gonzalez (Parrish).

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