Monday, June 6, 2016

The Summer Weekend has begun

Looking south across the Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy Reservoir. Sunday, 4:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Monday, June 6, 2016.  A beautiful weekend in New York with temperatures in the mild 70s. Sometimes overcast with dark clouds, sometimes sunshine; and then the rains came about 7 p.m. last night. Torrents, winds swooping it up and pounding on our windows. We didn’t get it like they’ve been getting it elsewhere, all over the globe. An hour later it was over.
Waiting out the morning rain.
The Summer Weekend has begun for city dwellers; the city was divinely quiet. I mean divinely. There ain’t much of that around these days, so we appreciate the blessing. Sitting down by the river midday with the overcast skies before me and around me, and the deep, hauntingly deep green foliage of Carl Schurz Park behind me, it was total gratitude time. In that grey misty glow of light, it seems everything is greener and richer this year.

Just as tulips signal the arrival of Spring on Park Avenue, the begonias are telling us that Summer is here! These "Bada Bing" begonias were grown from seed at the Van de Wetering Greenhouses in Jamesport, Long Island. They will be making their way to Park Avenue in early June where their white flowers will bloom all summer long.
These "Bada Bing" begonias will soon appear on Park Avenue.
And, if enough funds are raised, colorful chrysanthemums will follow in the Fall. Donate now to ensure that Park Avenue looks its best every season.  Relying solely on contributions, The Fund for Park Avenue plants and maintains the trees and flowers on the Park Avenue Malls from 54th to 86th Streets. For more info, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit or call (212)705-4237.

Two weeks ago, on Monday evening, May 23rd, 725 guests attended “Into the Garden,” the Frick’s annual Spring Garden Party for Fellows. The Frick is a gem of a museum on several levels, not the least of which is their welcoming, informed and helpful staff. It remains, as few museums do in the Big Town, a haven, a kind of solitude with the collections inspired by one man and his dutiful daughter.
Guests gather in the Fifth Avenue Garden for the Frick’s Spring Garden Party for Fellows.
The Frick’s social events, mainly, like most institutions, serve as fund-raisers. The Frick adds something else to its supporters, and that is the opportunity to personally enjoy the museum on off-hours for viewing but also for socializing, and dancing. The invitation suggested white and gold festive attire. The evening ran from 6:30 to 10 and included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing.

This year’s celebration took its theme from the current special exhibition Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection. The show includes more than 100 pieces produced by the renowned Royal Meissen manufactory in Germany. The works, mostly dating from 1720 to 1745, were selected by New York–based sculptor Arlene Shechet from the promised gift of Henry H. Arnhold.
Arlene Shechet and Henry Arnhold.
Henry and Paul Arnhold.
Frick Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon and Henry Arnhold.
Paul Arnhold, Henry Arnhold, and Julia Arnhold.
Sixteen objects in the exhibition are Shechet’s own sculptures — exuberant porcelain she made during a series of residencies at the Meissen manufactory in 2012 and 2013. Designed by Shechet, the installation is a personal and imaginative approach that creates an intriguing dialogue between the historical and the contemporary.

The Frick’s horticulturist Galen Lee accented the Fifth Avenue Garden and Garden Court with a fanciful scheme reflective of the exhibition’s visual imagery including a bounty of orchids filling the beds and urns of the museum’s interior Garden Court. Outside, the Fifth Avenue Garden was in full bloom and landscaped with flowers depicted in the Meissen porcelain on display in the Portico Gallery such as heliotrope, lavender lantana, verbena, French lavender, artemisia, blue scaevola, helichrysum petiolare, white allysum, and jasmine.
The garden greenery was accented by four large-scale Meissen animal figurines.
Looking south and north in the Fifth Avenue Garden ...
The blooms were accented by mirrors, pale golds, and greens inspired by the hues of the installation. The garden greenery was accented by four large-scale Meissen animal figurines. This was the first time the museum has exhibited sculptural statuary outdoors.

Partygoers sipped cocktails and wines, accompanied by a variety of seasonally inspired hors d’oeuvres, while being serenaded by the music of noted jazz quartet The Flail.
The Flail performs in the Fifth Avenue Garden.
Adding to the festive occasion were the one-of-a-kind fashion sketches created for guests courtesy of event sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue. This was first for this event, and created excitement among those waiting for their sketch to be made.

Passed hors d’oeuvres by Creative Edge included spicy tuna tacos; lime-cured salmon; “French onion soup” grilled cheese sandwiches; five mushroom ragout tart; kale Caesar salad bite; chicken summer roll; pigs in a blanket; bite-size bistro burger; and lobster rolls. Desserts followed with dipped donuts; chewy chocolate caramel tartlet; mango panna cotta; and Saks Fifth Avenue cookies. Also available were an assortment of specialty cocktails made with Belvedere vodka and a selection of wines provided by Wines of Chile.
Fashion sketches for the guests ...
Bite-size bistro burgers from Creative Edge Parties.
As the sun set on Central Park, partygoers moved inside where Dr. UNOs & Dubs kept guests on the dance floor until the evening’s end. Guests also visited the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibition galleries and, for the first time, had access to a substantial portion of the mansion’s second-floor spaces, which remained open throughout the evening.

Among the guests: Noreen Khalid Ahmad, Irene Roosevelt Aitken, Yan Assoun and Polina Proshkina, Colin B. Bailey and Alan Wintermute, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah M. Bogert, Mark Briggs, Rika Burnham, Stephen Bury, Edward Lee Cave, Helen Clay Chace, Tia Chapman, Ron Chernow, Margaret Civetta, David Collens, Joyce Cowin, Mary S. Cronson, Sonali Deraniyagala, Dr. Lara Devgan and Mr. Patrick Verdonck, Kathleen Dur, Christina Eberli, Michael M. Espiritu, M.D., Daniel Etra, Barbara and Bradford Evans, Elizabeth Eveillard, Martin and Kathleen Feldstein, Barbara G. Fleischman, Caitlyn Frank, Susan Grace Galassi, Francesco Genuardi, Sihien Goh, Tom Gold, Robert Goldsmith, Claudia Roberta Huber, Christian Keesee, Jan Kickert, Sidney R. Knafel, Phyllis L. Kossoff, Elizabeth and Jon Kurpis, Howard and Sally Lepow, Nancy A. Marks, Amory McAndrew, Monika McLennan, Clare E. McKeon, Toby Anne Milstein, Arnold and Hilda Neis, Alexandra Porter, Geert de Proost, Kate Reibel, Benjamin Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Inge Reist, Barbara Reuter, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Juan Sabater, Sana H. Sabbagh, Xavier F. Salomon, Dr. Stephen K. and Mrs. Janie Woo Scher, Charles N. W. Schlangen, Roberta Schneiderman, Cynthia D. Sculco, Bernard Selz, Lacary Sharpe, R. Andrew Shore, Carson Sieving, Robert B. Silvers, Robert B. Simon, Victoria Smith, Elizabeth M. Stafford, Gillian Steel, Davide Stefanacci, Sarah Stengel, Kimberly Textor, Brahm Wachter, Ian Wardropper and Sarah McNear, Susan Weber, Christy Williams, and Jennifer Wright.

Frick Collection staff  and a board members attending included: Director Ian Wardropper, Margot Bogert, Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani, Barbara G. Fleischman, Emily T. Frick, Elizabeth Kurpis, Lucy Jane Lang, Monika McLennan, Kate Reibel, Juan Sabater, and Melinda Sullivan.
Julia Siemon, Matthew Bradbury, Rosalind McKever, Peter Vendemootel, Emerson Bowyer, Frick Peter Jay Sharp Curator Xavier Salomon, and Frick Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing Alexis Light.
Mary-Elizabeth and Andrew Walker. Frick Associate Director of Media Relations and Marketing Heidi Rosenau and Joe McGlynn.
Frick Board Member Elizabeth Eveillard, Frick Director of the Center for the History of Collection Inge Reist, and Rob Freeman.
Emily Selter and Mary Kate Boylan. Caitlyn Frank and Andy Pickens.
Taylor Olson, Elizabeth Kurpis, Lauren Solomon, and Noreen Ahmad.
Joey Cuellar and Rebecca Vanyo. Arnold and Hilda Neis.
Juliet Falchi, Lin Gao, and Christina Eberli.
Xavier Salomon and Alexis Light. Frick Assistant Editor Hilary Becker.
Peter Van de Moortel, Rosalind McKever, Sam Gavzy, and Adam Eaker.
Clare E. McKeon with a friend.
Ian Wardropper and Ayesha Bulchandani. Ian Wardropper and Mark Briggs.
James Camp and friends.
Frick Young Fellows Committee Chair Amory McAndrew. Polina Proshkina.
Jan Willem von Bergen Henegouwen, Phyllis L. Kossoff, and Frick Associate Director of Leadership Gifts and Special Campaigns David Martin
Harry Hancock and Jimmy Cortes. Linda Yablonsky.
Frick Head of Photography and Digital Imaging Michael Bodycomb and Ursula von Rydingsvard.
Frick Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts Geoffrey Ripert and Derek Lingle. Enrico Bruni and Claudia Avendano.
Frick Young Fellows Committee Chairman Amory McAndrew, Brent Winston, Megan Petrie, and Caitlin Davis.
Rachel Schorr, Diana Ivanova, Caitlyn Frank, Lexi Hofmann, and Blair Thompson.
Samara Bliss and Jared Longhitano. Annie Lai and Andrea Chung.
Rod Cumin, Emily Esner, Lucy J. Lang, and Scott Asher.
Taylor Olsen and Lauren Solomon. Tiffany Frasier and Annika Connor.
Frick Director Ian Wardropper Lucy J. Lang, Kate Reibel, Sarah McNear, Board Chairman Margot Bogert, Board Member Melinda Sullivan, Board Member Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani, and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier Salomon.
Polina Proshkina.
Barry Rosen and Arlene Shechet.
Arlene Shechet, Henry Arnhold, and Frick Board Member Melinda Sullivan.
Jody Arnhold, Henry Arnhold, Paul Arnhold, Julia Arnhold, and John Arnhold.
Jennifer Wright and friend.
Arnold and Hilda Neis.
Chuck and Deborah Royce.
Karl Yeh, Sterling Hyltin, Brahm Wachter, Phillip Zhang, and Samantha Cohen.
Frick Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon (right) with friends.
Emily T. Frick and Robert L. Froelich.
Adela Goldsmith and Frick Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldsmith.
Theodore Webb, Harrison He, Isabella Di Pietro, Saheer Mathrani, Frick Board Member Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani, and Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher.
Jim Clynce, Gayle Baron, and Jim Brown.
Colin B. Bailey and friends.
Laura Webb, Frick Special Events Manager Anna Boatwright, Alexandra Larschan, and Alton Murray.
Marina Fairfax, Natacha Roumiantzoff, Margaret Hathaway, and Emily Waisbren.
Ron Chernow, Elise Cheng, Alexandra Truitt, and Arlene Shechet.
Chief of Public Services at the Frick Art Reference Library Suz Massen, Frick Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian Stephen Bury, and Frick Trustee Helen Clay Chace
Frick Head of Education Rika Burnham and Helen Clay Chace.

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