Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Art of Healing

Art for sale outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, October 12, 2017.  Overcast with rain promised all day yesterday, with temperatures in the mid-70s, and some rain in the evening, cooling to the mid-60s.

I went down to Michael’s to lunch with Jamee Gregory who is the new president of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Society, founded in 1946, is a very business-like volunteer-led organization within Memorial Sloan Kettering. Their purpose is to promote the well-being of patients, support cancer research, and provide public education on early prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Jamee Gregory, the new president of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
It is a very well organized operation, well-staffed to carry out their several responsibilities. The president has an office a full staff. There are meetings almost everyday. Volunteers are vetted because it is a full time working project. A new president is selected by a panel every two years. How they are chosen is not known to me, but one thing that I learned long ago about the volunteers to this organization is that they are all expected to fully participate in a professional organization.

It is an organization about Assisting. The Society raises funds, and the president is charged with finding worthy projects to fund. The president also works with doctors to learn about new treatments and basic research that is going on, She works with patients helping making their trips to the hospital possible; granting patients dreams; supporting programs for patient art and writing; identifying projects to provide child care for young researchers and scientists with small children; providing fresh flowers for patients’ rooms. 

This year they are focusing on the Society’s Campaign on Precision Prevention, an initiative led by Dr. Luis Diaz, working to intercept cancer at its earliest stages, before it develops, when treatment has a high probability of success.

The Society is also the beneficiary of the Opening Night Party of TEFAF Fall which will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Park Avenue Armory from 6-8. TEFAF is the prestigious art and antiques fair that showcases highly vetted art, antiques and jewelry, from the top European and American dealers. This is the party that kicks off the 2017-18 New York social season. It’s an excellent way to support MSK.

For tickets you can call their office at 212-639-7972 to participate.

Click here to learn more or donate.
It was a full house Wednesday at Michael’s.Looking over the List: Marc Lasry, hedge fund manager, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks; Bonnie Fuller, Gerry Byrne and guests along with Vicky Ward; Leslie Stevens and Silda Wall Spitzer; Tom Goodman (Goodman Media); James Cohen; Jean Doumanian with Audrey Gruss; Diane Clehane; Freddie Gershon; Lucianne Goldberg; Louise Gunderson; Michael Kempner; Jack Kliger; Michael Peterson; Hank Ratner; Euan Rellie; Stan Shuman; Robert Zimmerman; Brian Goldner, Ed McDonnell and Paul McDonnell; Andrew Stein; Janis Cecil; Glenn Horowitz; Fern Mallis; Leonard Shulman; Lucy Suarez; Jeh Johnson, Obama’s Director of Homeland Security; Dr. Jon Rappaport.

Just to remind again, my friend Schulenberg’s show  “Bob Schulenberg: the Secret Cinema” opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Patrick Parrish Gallery  on 50 Lispenard Street. (212-219-9244).

The show runs through next Wednesday, the 18th, as a companion event to a week-long tribute to director Paul Bartel, which is screening through next Thursday at Anthology Film Archives in the East Village.
Also: This coming Saturday, October 14th, Pamela Talese is having an Open Studio in Building 62, Suite 304 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (Go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Visitors Center, Building 92 at 63 Flushing Avenue (at Cumberland Avenue). And see of Pamela’s arresting works.

Contact DPC here.