The Young New Yorkers (YNY) for the Philharmonic held their Summer Benefit at a private New York City club. Sarah Jane Gibbons, Chair of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic, and Deborah Borda, Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO, welcomed guests who enjoyed a chamber music performance by four musicians from the New York Philharmonic: Michelle Kim, Soohyun Kwon, Jin Suk Yu, Hannah Choi, violins; and guest pianist, Duk kyu Kim.
The performance was followed by a seated dinner and dancing. Proceeds from the event help support the Philharmonic’s educational and public programs. Benefit Committee Co-Chairs present included Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons and Spencer L. Reames.
On Monday, June 27th, The Frick Collection hosted Pride at the Frick: A Cheng-Harrell Midsummer Evening. A celebration of the LGBTQ community at the Frick for the museum’s Fellows, Young Fellows, and guests, the event was inspired by the current year-long installation series Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters.
The Living Histories project features new works by four contemporary artists, each in conversation with major Frick paintings, with particular emphasis on issues of gender and queer identity typically excluded from narratives of early modern European art. The fourth and final work to be displayed as part of the project, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s The Listener, will be on view throughout the event. April Kim Tonin, the Frick’s Ayesha Bulchandani Head of Education and Public Engagement, will present a short program on the work in the lower garden area of the museum.
Sponsored by Trustee Tai-Heng Cheng and Cole Harrell, the event was held at Frick Madison, the museum’s temporary home in the iconic modernist building on the Upper East Side designed by Marcel Breuer. Guests experienced the Frick’s masterpieces reframed at Frick Madison and encountered one of the world’s foremost collections of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Ranging from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century, the once-in-a-lifetime presentation includes works by celebrated artists such as Bellini, Degas, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Goya, Ingres, Rembrandt, Titian, Van Dyck, Vermeer, and Veronese.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Olivier Cheng, were served in the lower garden area of the museum, and short talks offered in the galleries throughout the evening.
Event Committee included Lizzie Asher, Sharese Bullock-Bailey, Ian Ferreyra de Bone, Mercedes de Guardiola, Casey Kohlberg, Charles Myers, and Alexander Roque.
In the same nabe, Tina Beriro hosted a cocktail party in her beautiful apartment at the Pierre to celebrate the patrons of Lighthouse Guild, the leading vision and health organization.
Tina introduced longtime supporter Marc Rosen who told a charming story of how Lighthouse Guild came to be, going back to its founding in 1908 by the two Holt sisters of the Holt Reinhart publishing fortune. Using their full year’s clothing allowances to start it along with their girlfriends the Misses; Vanderbilt, Astor, Whitney, Pulitzer etc.
Introducing Lighthouse Guild’s CEO, he told of a visit to Ellis Island where he learned that immigrants who were visually impaired needed to learn a skill to support themselves before they were allowed to enter the country and were housed on the island where they were taught basket weaving. A far cry from the life changing advances of today.
Lighthouse Guild’s CEO and President, Dr. Calvin Roberts, announced the launch of the Lighthouse Guild Technology Center — the premier assistive technology resource in the U.S. The state-of-the-art facility combines expert training with the right technology to help people who are visually impaired attain their goals.
The Technology Center will also drive innovation by bringing together the scientists, developers, entrepreneurs, academics, physicians, and (critically) the end-users to create transformative solutions for people worldwide.
Guests included; Gale Hayman, Patty Raynes, Margie and Michael Stern, Susan Gutfreund, Kathrine Bryan, Saundra Whitney, Felicia Taylor and Peter Gottsegen, Lighthouse Board Chairman James Dubin and his wife Susan, Ruth Woolard, Denise and Bernard Schwartz, Eric Margolis, Lighthouse CEO Dr. Calvin Roberts and wife Andrea, Marc Rosen, Vanessa Noel, Thomas and Marilyn Kahn, Erick Blanc, Carole and Philippe Delouvrier and Dr. Mada Hapworth.
Photographs by Fadi Kheir (Young New Yorkers); Eugene Gologursky/Getty & Matteo Prandoni & Deonté Lee/BFA.com (Frick); Rob Rich (Lighthouse).