Living History at The Frick

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Event Chairmen Drew Garrison, Indré Rockefeller, Wes Gordon, Sarah Hoover, Paul Arnhold and Elizabeth Kurpis and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper at The Frick Collection's Young Fellows Ball.

Monday, April 4, 2022. A rainy and very coolish weekend in New York. The good news is that the annual pear trees have begun to bloom. The solo pear on my block is just budding. In another three or four days with some sunshine and it will burst and flourish. These pears do no bear fruit but they are all over the Upper East Side and deliver that seasonal moment of joy that’s good for what ails us, even if it’s brief.

The social life returns. Last Thursday from 8:30 to midnight, the Frick hosted its annual Young Fellows Ball — after its absence on the calendar for the past two years. Its theme was Modern Love, inspired by the current year-long installation series Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters. 

This is traditionally a formal affair, and was held for the first time at the Frick Madison, the museum’s temporary in the Marcel Breuer-designed building on 75th Street and Madison Avenue.

Guests at the Young Fellows Ball at Frick Madison.

There were nearly 500 guests — all of whom were inspired by the evening’s romantic theme. They filled the Frick Madison for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to music by Angel + Dren from 8:30 to midnight.The energy of the evening spread throughout the entire museum, where guests mingled and posed for pictures with the portraits on view in the galleries.

Chairmen of the evening were Paul Arnhold, Drew Garrison, Grace Gummer, Sarah Hoover, Elizabeth Kurpis and Indre Rockefeller. The Honorary Chair was Wes Gordon, the head designer of Carolina Herrera.

Indré Rockefeller, Wes Gordon, and Sarah Hoover.

Proceeds from the benefit event provide essential support for the Frick’s many activities, including the acclaimed programs of the Frick Art Reference Library and the Education Department, which serves students from New York City public schools in all five boroughs. For more than twenty years, the Young Fellows have helped to ensure that The Frick Collection remains a singular museum experience.

Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, The Frick Collection, known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts, originated with Henry Clay Frick (1849– 1919), who bequeathed his home, paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts to the public for their enjoyment.

Guests in the Fragonard gallery at Frick Madison.

The institution’s holdings— which encompass masterworks from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century—have grown over the decades, more than doubling in size since the opening of the museum in 1935.

A critical component is the Frick Art Reference Library, founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick, daughter of the museum’s founder. Recognized as one of the world’s top art history research centers, it has served students, scholars, and members of the public free of charge for generations. The Collection is currently located at its temporary home, Frick Madison, while its historic buildings undergo renovation and enhancement.

Event Chairman Elizabeth Kurpis.
Event Chairman Indré Rockefeller.
Jodie Chan.
Curator Aimee Ng and Simon Lewis.
Rebecca Vanyo.
Libations donated by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Desolas Mezcal, and Quinn Rosé.
Event Chairmen Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon.
Luis Enrique Hill and Julissa Perez.
Arielle Patrick and Aaron Goldstein.
Andrew Puopolo and Alexander Hankin.
Michael Espiritu, Wilhelmina Gerken, Carrie Fowle, Grace Corton, Laura Rivera-Ayala, Yasmin Naghash, and Prince Rudolf Melikoff.
Ashley Avignone.
Savannah Smith and Zion Moreno.
David A. Jenkins.
William Kalaris and Charlotte Kirsten.
George Mickum and Alessia Fendi.
Christie Grimm, Casey Kohlberg, Lizzie Asher, and Mercedes de Guardiola.
Jessica Markowski and Whitney Price.
Angela and Eli Aronov.
Joelle El Sawalhi.
Event Honorary Chairman Wes Gordon, Ivy Getty, and Event Chairman Paul Arnhold.
Sophia Robert and Lansing Moore.
Cordelia Meserow and Sarah Scott.
Lizzie Asher.
Casey Kohlberg, Christie Grimm, Christina Maxwell, and Chris Konowitz.
Quaid Childers and Gabrielle Rancifer.
Yan Assoun and Polina Proshkina.
Allison M. Ecung.
Olivia Bak.
Lenka Laneova.
Zion Moreno, Savannah Smith, and Event Chairmen Indré Rockefeller, Wes Gordon, Sarah Hoover, and Paul Arnhold.
Event Honorary Chairman Wes Gordon.
Guests at the Young Fellows Ball at Frick Madison.
Mercedes de Guardiola.
Ivy Getty.
Curator Aimee Ng, Associate Director of Development Angie Calderwood, Head of Individual Giving Rowan Moody, Assistant Curator of Sculpture Giulio Dalvit, and Head of Marketing Alexis Light.
Head of Marketing Alexis Light and Heath Grout.
Lilah Ramzi.
Zachary Weiss.
Malavika Rajagopal and Dorianna Marambio.
Adrien Lesser and Arden Wolf.
Wilhelmina Gerken, Grace Corton, and Carrie Fowle.
Daniel Go, Alex Maccaro, and Erick Brocoy.
Christina Maxwell and Chris Konowitz.
Michael and Alexa Horgan, Jeff and Lisa Volling, and Sumit Nihalani.
Alexandra Mishaan.
Thomas and Justine Davie.
Teresa J. Lin and Bach Mai.
Dorianna Marambio, Kaylie Joo, Malavika Rajagopal, Tamanna Chhibbar, and Hanna Watkins.
Alexandra H. Chunn, Lauren Elizabeth Willcox, and Emily H. Hahn.
James Birkenholz, Kylie Panczner, Kat Jenkins, Eric Viner.
Brittany Beyer Harwin and Zachary Weiss.
Guests at the Young Fellows Ball at Frick Madison.
Catering by Olivier Cheng.
Isabella Schliemann and Sabrina Padilla.
Chloe King and Blair Eadie.
Lili Boyle and Sarah Lee.
Curator Aimee Ng, Salman Toor, and Doron Langberg.
Music by Angel + Dren.
Whitney Price and Jessica Markowski.
Event sponsorship from First Republic Bank.

Photographs by Matteo Prandoni/ & Jane Kratochvil.

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