Building cultural bridges

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The dinner scene at the Museum of Modern Art for The Art Students League of New York's Annual Fundraising Gala.

On Monday, November 8th, Judith Pisar received the Anne Morgan Women of Courage Award to celebrate her achievement building cultural bridges between the United States and France and George Sape was bestowed the Chateau de Blérancourt Award for his unconditional support of the museum’s creation and expansion.


Leah Pisar-Haas and Judith Pisar.
Ariane Daguin and George Sape.

This was the highlight of the American Friends of Blérancourt (AFB) annual gala held at a private club where Franck Laverdin, Chairman of the Board, and in absence Countess Dorothea de La Houssaye, President, received a crowd of friends among them, Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France in New York, Gaëtan Bruel, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, Elizabeth Laluyaux, TRH Prince and Princess Dushan of Yugoslavia, David and Lisa Wolf, Raphael Mostel, Bénédicte de Montlaur and Keith Yazmir, Édouard Labouret, Marie-Laure de Bailliencourt, Olivier O’Mahony, Sophie Raubiet, HH Princess Caroline Murat and Antoine Turzi, Stephen Lash, Hunt Slonem, Mai Hallingby, Jean Shafiroff, Maïlys Vranken, Henry and Bernadette Watkins, Frédéric and Olga Rozé, Philippe and Carole Delouvrier, Eric Mourlot, Sonja Morgan, Olivier Miller-Cassegrain, Odile de Schietere-Longchampt, Alexandra Tierno Morris, Leah Pisar-Haas, Marie-Monique Steckel, Renee and Sumner Anderson, Danielle and Sean Barrett, James Gerard, Miles Morgan, Olivia Tournay Flatto, Carol-Ann Blinken, HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Jeri Sape and Simone Galton.


Consul General Jérémie Robert

The proceeds of this successful evening will allow the purchase of an American symbolism masterpiece The Holy Woman (1900) by Anna Richards Brewster (1870-1952) for the Franco-American Museum, proving one more time that AFB’s support is constant over the years.


Frédéric and Olga Rozé.
Eric Mourlot and Olivier Miller-Cassegrain.
L. to r.: John Bartning and Elizabeth Scott; Miles Morgan and Sonja Morgan.
Danielle and Sean Barrett.
Maïlys Vranken and Alexandra Tierno Morris.
L. to r.: Franck Laverdin and Nathalie Anglès; Odile de Schietere-Longchampt and HH Princess Caroline Murat.
Stephanie Demascus and Jonathan Misisco.
Marie-Monique Steckel and Judith Pisar.
Antoine Turzi, HH Princess Caroline Murat, and Franck Laverdin.
Aurélie and Nicolas Cauchy.
James Gerard, Renee Anderson, and Sumner Anderson.
Carol-Ann Blinken, Leah Pisar, and Susan Fales-Hill.
Ela Kubis and Kaily O’Connor.
L. to r.: Philippe Delouvrier, Carole Delouvrier, and Jean-Christian Agid; Marie-Noëlle Pierce.
Jay Gottlieb.
L. to r.: Jean Shafiroff and HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia; Olivia Tournay Flatto and Jerry Wonda.
Bernadette and Henry Watkins.
L. to r.: Hunt Slonem and Mai Hallingby; Cultural Counselor Gaetan Bruel and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
Jing Sun and Joe Cozza.
Philip Caggiano and Dove Bradshaw.
Charlie Bieber, Robert Klitzman, Shoki Morgan, and Sam Morgan.
Barbara Schwartz and Henry Wallach.

On the same night, The Art Students League of New York hosted its Annual Fundraising Gala at the Museum of Modern Art, celebrating the League’s continued resilience and growth during unprecedented times, and honoring its artists, alumni, and patrons. The League honored Carmen Herrera, the renowned Cuban painter and beloved League alumna whose remarkable career has served as an inspiration for countless other artists, and The Kamen Family, in recognition of their support of The League’s community outreach program Seeds of the League in memory of alumnus Jack Kamen.


Mike Bezos, Jacklyn Bezos, Dean Kamen, and Jean Rosanvallon.

Notable guests included artists and League alums Tony Bechara, Chakaia Booker, Frederick Brosan, Sherry Camhy, Sylvie Covey, Marshall Jones, Deborah Kass, Ronnie Landfield, Leonid Lerman, James Little, Mariana Oushiro, Guy Richards Smit, Sharon Sprung, and Costa Vavagiakis. Additional guests included: Mike and Jackie Bezos, Gonzalo Casals, Dan Desmond, Jake Dobkin, Eric and Deborah Edell, Jeannie Freilich, Stamatina Gregory, Charles van Horne, Dean Kamen, Libby Kamen & Dr. Ruth Kamen, Alex Logsdail, Steve Rosenthal, Robert Shaye, Sue Stoffel, and Jasmine Wahi. Major support provided by Leon and Toby Cooperman, Agnes Gund, Diane and Bruce Halle, and Ludmila S. Bidwell.


Robin Lechter Frank and Dr. Ronald Frank.


Hosted by Gala Chairs Robin Lechter Frank & Dr. Ronald Frank and the League’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Hall, the evening began with a cocktail hour featuring music performed by students from The Julliard School, and live demonstrations by featured League artists bringing their talent and style of instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media to life for guests.


Grace Leonhardt, Desiree La Valette, Tony Bechara, and Alice Lutz.
Katherine Schreiber, Jonathan Gardenhire, and Arlene Bascom.
Diana Frank, Dr. Paul Frank, Jessica Loghmanee, and Cyrus Loghmanee.
Ivy Greenman, Steve Rosenthal, and Janet Hoffman.
Peter Bonner and Mariah Carlson.
Susan Cushing.
Stamatina Gregory, Sue Stoffel, and Jasmine Wahi.
Sonia Ossorio and Dianne Bernhard.
Johanne Bryant-Reid, Arlene Bascom, and Diedra Harris-Kelley.
Yolanda Santos and Alberto Barral.
Tony Bechara, Gonzalo Casals, and Simon Letort.
Jessica Loghmanee, Marshall Jones, and Jessica Meade.
Hayong Kim, James Bell, Karen Gaines, Alex Bahary, Kristina John, Beth Berns, and Eric Raff.
Marcie Vesel Bronkar, Beth Vesel, and Deborah Kass.
Dean Kamen and Mike Bezos.
Live demonstrations by featured League artists brought their talent and style of instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media to life for guests.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Blérancourt); BFA (Art Students League).

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