Monday, May 1, 2017

Taking the reins

Fresh cut lilacs at one of New York's 50 Greenmarkets. Photo: JH.
Monday, May 1, 2017. A chilly, cloudy Sunday in New York with temperatures in the low 60s; after a very warm (85 degrees), Sunny Saturday in New York.

Tonight is the much ballyhooed “Met Costume Ball” at the Metropolitan Museum. This is actually the Annual Anna Wintour Dance presided over by the 21st century version of The Mrs. Astor, the bosslady of Conde Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.
JH took a peek late last night at the preparation going on over at the Met for tonight's “Met Costume Ball."
From across the street at 81st Street.
A view up the stairs. 11:40 PM.
Technically speaking there is no “Society” anymore in the sense of Mrs. Astor’s annual Ball. However, it could be imagined that had Caroline Astor been born in the middle of the 20th century instead of the middle of the 19th, she might have led the way for women like Wintour, to take the reins of the current social confabulation in New York and its world and make a buck for the boss while doing it.

The Ball itself is a total fashion promo and its guestlist is both bread and Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey. Which was its initial intent when Diana Vreeland got it going in the 1960s. It was an industry party raising money for its Grand Finale, the Costume Institute. La plus ca change; Here today and gone tomorrow. The only thing ever missing was Joan Rivers doing the Red Carpet!
Sunday scene in New York. Liz Glynn's Open House in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southern entrance to Central Park.
The exhibit references one of the grandest Fifth Avenue interiors designed by Stanford White: the now-demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom, which was originally located eight blocks north.
The artist has transformed the plaza into an open air "ballroom" where only scattered furniture and arches remain from the original mansion. Glynn's lavish Louis XIV sofas, chairs, and footstools evoke the historic home, but with a twist—these objects feature sculpted additions and are cast in concrete. With this revision, the artist invites the public to enjoy a previously exclusive interior space that is now open and accessible to all. Photos: RH (JH's mother, if you're wondering!)
William C. Whitney residence, 5th Avenue at 68th Street. Interior view of the ball room.
Photo c. 1901, by H.H. Sidman; from the Geographic File (PR020), flat file, NYC Photos, Residences, William C Whitney
This coming Wednesday, May 3rd, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) will host the inaugural Opening Night of TEFAF New York Spring – the newest platform in the TEFAF organization – at the Park Avenue Armory.

The Fair has a focus on modern and contemporary art and design, and is recognized for championing the finest art dealers and experts from around the world. This Opening Night offers The Society’s members, New York’s most notable collectors, philanthropists and leaders in fashion and design an exclusive and private preview of the fair’s sensational pieces before it opens to the public the following day, May 4th. 
The vetting process at TEFAF NY is one of the things that sets the fair apart from others. 194 experts working in 29 categories view every item presented at the fairs to evaluate quality.
The evening runs from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory (Park Avenue and 67th Street). Proceeds from The Opening Night will benefit The Society’s patient care, research and education programs at MSK. More than 2,000 guests from the fashion, art, philanthropic and design worlds are expected at this highly anticipated preview, sponsored by ELLE DECOR and FENDI.  To purchase tickets online go to:

The evening’s chairs are: Kelly Behun, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Sara Zilkha, Caryn Zucker, and Debra Black.
Start of the Nantucket summer season. Pierre Crosby escaped the prematurely hot weather in the city for a weekend filled with vintage cars, champagne, and countless daffodils. Here are his words and photos from the Daffodil Weekend:

The official start of the summer season on Nantucket kicked off Saturday morning on Main Street, around 10 a.m. for the 43rd annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival. Antique cars filled the long cobblestone street on a warm but overcast day. Families dressed in yellow wandered through town, acquainting with summer friends and filling the air with excitment for the approaching summer season. Though few restaurants were open, and only the local fishing boats were docked in the harbor, the remains of winter seemed to be disappearing.

After the parade, the cars cruised out to Sconset where the real party took place. Milestone Road, lined by planted daffodils, was shut down as it entered into the small town at the end of the island. People mingled with one another along the tree-lined streets, opening trunks filled with drinks and food. People happily shared their picnics with one another and a cheerful summer vibe was felt on a cool spring Saturday.
This past weekend Way Out West in LA, MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles held its annual gala at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Chaired by Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, they honored Jeff Koons. This was a great – what we Easterners would call – Hollywood evening.  Now, if Mrs. Astor were alive today and she wanted to be where she belonged, she’d have been hosting this gala with Mrs. Karatz – and then flying back East on Sunday morning to prepare for her glitzatorious evening at the Met Ball.
The scene at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
Koons' Celebration series, which delights in the rituals and images surrounding birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions, served as a particular point of inspiration for the evening. As part of its nod to the series, the gala showcased Balloon Dog (Orange), Balloon Dog (Magenta),and Balloon Dog (Yellow), a series of limited edition plates by Koons, produced in France by the legendary French porcelain maker Bernardaud.
The guests were entertained by John Legend and Miguel, and DJ M.O.S., with a dinner menu by Wolfgang Puck, not to mention the lots-to-look-at and see in the rooms – guests from the worlds of art, design, entertainment, music and fashion including Patricia Arquette, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka, George Kotsiopoulos, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, Sean Penn, Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor, Jake Shears, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Tilly, and Alex Van Halen; artists Doug Aitken, Dan Colen, Tacita Dean, Sam Durant, Genevieve Gaignard, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Elliott Hundley, Alex Israel, Mark Grotjahn, Kahlil Joseph, Barbara Kruger, Sterling Ruby, Henry Taylor, Eric White, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood; MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth; MOCA trustees Carol Appel with David Appel, Gabriel Brener with Deborah Brener, Eli Broad with Edythe Broad, Steven A. Cohen, Kathi Cypres with Gary Cypres, Cliff Einstein with Mandy Einstein, Susan Gersh with David Gersh, Shari Glazer with Ed Glazer, Bruce Karatz, Eugenio Lopez, Mary Martin with David Martin, Edward J. Minskoff with Julie Minskoff, Peter Morton, Carolyn Clark Powers, Dallas Price-Van Breda with Bob Van Breda, Carla Sands, Chara Schreyer with Gordon Freund, Maria Seferian, Jeffrey Soros with Catharine Soros, and Sutton Stracke; collectors William and Maria Bell, Allison and Larry Berg, Nicolas Berggruen, Armyan and Christine Meleo Bernstein, Irving Blum and Jackie Blum, J. Ben Bourgeois and Andrew Rhoda, Kevin Burke, NJ and Mark Goldston, Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard, Beth and Kenneth Karmin, Mrs. Robert Looker, Nathalie Marciano, Paul Marciano, Julie Miyoshi, Eugene Sadovoy, and Gilena Simons; gallerists Matt Bangser, Tim Blum, Jeffrey Deitch, Honor Fraser, Larry Gagosian, David Kordansky, and Jeff Poe; additional attendees Bradley Bell and Colleen Bell, Michel Bernardaud, Sonia Boyajian, China Chow, Eva and Michael Chow, Lisa and Eric Eisner, Liz Goldwyn, Olivia Marciano, Erica Pelosini, Wolfgang Puck, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and more.
Vaitiare Hirshon and Maurice Marciano Sean Penn
Jackie and Irving Blum
Degen Pener and Dan Tanzilli Jennifer Tilly and Fredrik Robertsson
Philippe Vergn
Justine Wheeler Koons and Jeff Koons
Eva Chow, Michael Chow, Chrissie Erpf, and Larry Gagosian
Bruce Karatz, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, and Eric Schmidt
Pierce Brosnan, Sharon Stone, Sean Penn, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, Maurice Marciano, and Michael Chow
Cameron Winklevoss, Ricky Martin, and Tyler Winklevoss
Paris Hilton
Emma Marciano, Jessie Light, and Nathalie marciano
Yoselyn and Nicolas Berggruen Liz Goldwyn
Sharon Stone and Eli Broad
Brandon Davis, Goga Ashkenazi, and Nicolas Berggruen
Ryan Seacrest, Shayna Taylor, and Jeff Koons
John Legend Sharon Stone
Lisa and Isaiah Kincaid

Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency (MOCA)

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