Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Just one of those days

A stream of yellow clouds. .8:25 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Yesterday started out with heavy rains that came in the early morning hours, followed by cloudiness but clearing. You didn’t know whether or not you should take your umbrella; one of those days. By nightfall, there was sunset with sparser streams of clouds.
8:20 PM.
Meanwhile, out East last Friday night, The Museum at Guild Hall presented its summer Gala with host April Gornik. This year, the event celebrated the current exhibition, ROY LICHTENSTEIN: Between Sea and Sky, curated by Christina Strassfield

Jill Krementz was there covering the show, which is on today’s NYSD. Jill’s photojournalism has covered pretty much the lifespan of many artists and writers, as a professional and very often as a friend, as well as a member of the cultural community that thrived in the Hamptons in the last half of the 20th century.
Coincidentally, Saturday, I received this email from Joan Kron before a painting of Roy Lichtenstein that is in the exhibition that Jill is covering. This was Joan’s message:

“People laughed — and Lady Bird Johnson refused to be on our committee — when Audrey Sabol and I tried to have a "Road Show" of art on billboards in Philadelphia in 1967.  Forty-eight years later, the image we commissioned from Roy Lichtenstein, reproduced by Roy's assistant in its original size, took its place in art history. It's included in a show of Roy's seascapes  that premiered last night at Guild Hall in East Hampton. 

How cool is that!”
Joan in front of Roy Lichtenstein's Super Sunset Billboard, 1967 at The Museum at Guild Hall.
The topic of conversation – if there is much of a conversation – around the town these days is Donald Trump. Everyone has an opinion. Many mirror the Media which is really laying it on about how he’s not Presidential material. Others like him. I hear people say, without my asking (I never do), that they’re going to vote for him.  Just plain like him. They believe him. His remarks that have fanned the flames of the uber-flabbergasted are part of the reason why they like him – he’s telling them like it is. Or so some think.

I think he’s changed the playing field, something that’s been needed changing for quite some time. Like maybe decades. Donald Trump is a public character, aside from his real life as man, husband, father, businessman, etc. He has a public persona that is more akin to a folk hero. A kind of Mark Twain in his lifetime (remember, a century has passed and the world is a far different place) than any of the other “candidates.” I’m not comparing him to Mark Twain the writer, or even the intellect; I’m referring to the public Mark Twain, who was very much at home promoting himself in public, and it paid off, it made him very famous and entirely credible. And therefore dependable.

Does this mean Donald could win the Presidency? The picture sounds absurd. The Donald as The Prez?  But is it? People believe him, they believe he means what he says. And this is at a time when the politicians are regarded by the general public as mendacious and corrupt. This seems to be a given, in the minds of many. Donald’s image is the contrary.

Donald Trump is responsible for that persona – he created it. Like a pro, because he is one; and to his personal advantage. Can he win without a Party behind him? That remains to be seen. The party does not seem to be currying his favor. The Media is mainly on their side. But Donald does have the ears and eyes of the nation; he has credibility (even with those who don’t believe him). He’s the only candidate out there now who can get everyone’s attention. He knows that; he’s a pro. The others campaigning do not have that edge, nor do their handlers advising them.

This is the situation on the mid-summer evening of the year of our Lord 2015, where the city is quietening down. There is the pink hue of sunset in our streets, and the air is still cooler and moist from the rains that have moved on up into the Northeast.

Last Wednesday’s Michael’s Lunch.

Diane Clehane with
Tamsen Fadal
Patrick Hughes
Will Manuel
James Rybakoff
David Sanford with
Lewis Stein
Harrison LeFrak
Beverly Camhe
Dianne Coffey
Jay Fielden with
Jay McInerney
Kyle MacLachlan
Barry Frey
Allen Grubman with
Chris Albrecht
Joan Jakobson with
Leila Strauss
Liz Kaplow
Pamela Keogh with
Joseph Montebello and
Ron Leal
Alice Mayhew with
Kati Marton
Buxton Midyette
Eva Mohr with
Rikki Klieman
Shelly Palmer
Mickey Ateyeh with
Maury Rogoff and
Linda Buckley
Mark Rosenthal
Debra Kenny
Richard Esposito
Brad Farley
Jane Friedman with
Jesse Kornbluth and
Richard Kirschenbaum
Rachelle Goldman
Shari Mason
Bob Towbin
Anthony Cenname
Tom Goodman
Meanwhile back at the calendar. It’s not loaded with activity these days, about which I’m not complaining.  I did have my regular Wednesday lunch last Wednesday at Michae'ls with Judy and Peter Price. Peter was telling me he took my advice and bought Donald L. Miller’s “Supreme City; How the Jazz Age in Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America.”  It was a big book and he couldn’t get enough of it. He loved it. This has been the reaction of many people I’ve recommended it to. It’s about New York in that era and the men and women who made it, created it, created what we are still living off of culturally. It’s about ingenuity and self-reliance, curiosity and creation. It’s Good News, even if it’s the past.

Anyway, my friend Mrs. Price recently returned from Paris – where she and Peter have an apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis – where she staged dinner for her National Jewelry Institute at the Louvre. You may have read about it here. The NJI is her baby (for years you may recall she ran Avenue magazine which she created herself – with significant support from her husband). She sold Avenue at the turn of the century after 25 years as publisher. Not one to sit around, she followed her interests and created NJI with the ultimate goal of creating a museum for jewelry.

The Prices in Paris.
At lunch she was telling me about the latest milestone in her creation: The first course on The Fine Art of High Jewelry and Timepieces has already enrolled 20 prominent women for its 25 places. The full week of experiences with all the leading brands will begin Oct 19 and culminate in a graduation ceremony and diploma from the Parsons School.

Each morning commences in a dialogue with experts at a private club on the Upper East Side, followed by luncheons hosted at the boutiques of all the leading firms. Afternoons are filled with visits to designer ateliers, concluding with cocktails at the apartments of major collectors.  

There may still be a few places open if you’re interested. To register for one of the remaining places, contact Jasmine Olivier at 212-541-9459.

Contact DPC here.