Rites of Spring

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Sana Sabbagh, Kip Forbes, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Didi Pei, Beatrice Pei and friends at American Friends of the Louvre’s gala dinner.

American Friends of the Louvre hosted a gala dinner in New York this past April to celebrate the 30th anniversary of I.M. Pei’s Pyramid and modernization of the Louvre Museum.  The gala followed a week-long series of events in Paris commemorating this milestone which will continue through the end of the year. The dinner was co-chaired by AFL Chairman Christopher “Kip” Forbes and board member Joan Kahn.

The black-tie event was held at Sotheby’s and featured cocktails along with champagne courtesy of Bollinger, an exquisite three course meal with wine provided by Château Boutisse, and a performance of popular French songs by renowned soprano Abigail Fischer.  Ben Doller, Chairman Americas and Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, conducted the live auction of art and luxury items and experiences whose proceeds will support the mission of American Friends of the Louvre.  In addition, funds were raised for the Louvre Endowment Fund, supporting accessibility programs for visitors with special needs and conservation of the museum’s collections.


Soprano Abigail Fischer performing popular French songs.

Honored guests included Mr. Pei’s son Didi and his wife Beatrice, daughter Liane and her son Matthew, and granddaughter Anna.  Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, was also present.  AFL board members in attendance were Andy Barth and his wife Avery, Manuel Camelo, Fiona Cibani, and Hans and Françoise Miller.  International Council and Chairman’s Circle members from across the U.S. were there to support the effort including Elizabeth Segerstrom and her guest Douglas Runte, Lizze Lynch and Bill Helvie, Naoma Tate, Sana Sabbagh, David Sadroff, Cynthia Friedman, Lysa and Greg Rohan, Bobbo Jetmundsen and Paul Yaworsky.  Also participating in the festivities were artists Michael Halsband and Chellis Baird, Mike and Missy Perlis, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, and Allyson Tang.


Didi Pei, Beatrice Pei, Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre, Joan Kahn, and Franck Laverdin.

American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) has entered its second decade as an important support organization in the United States for the Louvre Museum.  Through the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations, AFL has supported a variety of worthy projects at the Louvre, including educational tools for English-speaking visitors, gallery restorations, conservation of works of art, exhibitions and related publications, acquisitions and contemporary art programs. Through its partnership with the Louvre, AFL raises awareness of the museum’s collections and scholarly expertise and helps makes its vast resources more accessible in the U.S. and around the world.


Christopher Laconi, Paul Yaworsky, and Bobbo Jetmundsen.
L. to r.: Naoma Tate, Tim White, and Cynthia Friedman; Lysa and Greg Rohan.
Matt Wallace, Jeff White, Pedja Arandjelovic, Manuel Camelo, Daniel Kokhba, and Peter Forbes McDowell.
Hans Miller, Francoise Miller, and David Sadroff.
Raina Miranda, Nicole Salmasi, Serra Goren, Isabella De Conti, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Douglas Runte.




LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton opened its 28th season with their Rites of Spring celebration. The gardens welcomed nearly 500 guests coming to see the flowering trees and nearly one million daffodils in bloom as well as new art installed, including works by Wendell Castle, Jun Kaneko, Joseph Walsh, Young Jae Lee, and Will Ryman. 

Will Ryman, known for his Park Avenue series The Roses, made his debut with LongHouse 6, a massive monochrome red rose with missing petals shed around its base. Jun Kaneko’s Dango took center stage in the Edward Albee Amphitheater. A magnificent bronze bench by Wendell Castle invited visitors to relax in the gardens. Vessels, an exhibition of stunning ceramics by noted artist Young Jae Lee, was also on view. As was furniture designer Joseph Walsh’s site-specific wall shelf, Enignum Shelf XXXVI, which highlights his mastery of curvilinear forms. The artwork will be on display through October 5.


L. to r.: Sarah Speechly and Denis Sheehan; Steve Goss, Penn Goss, and Kristen Sosulski.

LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life. LongHouseReserve is a 16-acre sculpture museum and garden  located in East Hampton, NY.  In addition to new works on loan by the above mentioned artists, LongHouse Reserve’s permanent collection features pieces designed by prominent artists including Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning amongst others.


Holger Winenga, Sarah Speechley, and Denis Sheehan.
Katja Goldman, Michael Sonnenfeldt, and Dianne Benson.
Ken Detelich, Ken Miller, Dianne Benson, and Lys Marigold.
Sadie, Malcolm, and Ian Chorao, Sylvia Sichel, Brett Berk, and Tal McThenia.
Libby Farley and Jonathan Thomas.
Ursula, Ulrich, and Dieter Beinert, Matko Tomicic, Michael Sonnenfeldt, and Katja Goldman.
Robert Bauchner and Laurie Tomasino.
Matko Tomicic and friends.
A bronze bench by Wendell Castle invited visitors to relax in the gardens.
Vessels, an exhibition of ceramics by artist Young Jae Lee.

Last week, El Museo del Barrio board member Yolanda Santos opened her art filled New York residenceto celebrate the appointment of their distinguished new chief curator, Rodrigo Moura. 

Hailing from Brazil, Moura will expand understanding and the scope of El Museo’s permanent collection, foster relationships with artists, and deepen its relationship to Puerto Rican, Latinx, and Latin American communities. Moura joins El Museo del Barrio after twelve years at Instituto Inhotim in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, home to one of the largest foundations of contemporary art in Brazil.



El Museo director Patrick Charpenel spoke movingly of the future of El Museo with Moura while their chairman, María Eugenia Maury, with her husband William Haseltine, and Chair Emeritus Tony Bechara, looked on.  Other guests included Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Ileana de la Cruz, Isabella and Diego Hutchinson, Mary Jane Marcasiano and Ralph Gibson, Annabelle Mariaca, Nessia Pope, Tracey Riese, Jean Shafiroff, Elizabeth Steimberg, Susanna V. Temkin, and Carolina von Humboldt. 

Cocktails made from the Facundo Rum Collection’s exclusive aged rums from the Bacardi family’s private reserve (and named in honor of the company’s founder, Don Facundo Bacardi Massó) kept the party percolating.


Yolanda Santos de Garza, William Haseltine, and Maria Eugenia Maury.

New York’s leading Latino cultural institution welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.

Currently on view at El Museo is “Culture and The People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019”, a two-part exhibition featuring selections from the Permanent Collection.


Rodrigo Moura and Cecilia Rocha.
Tony Bechara and Carolina Von Humboldt.
Christina Warner and Encarnita Quinlan.
Victor Colmenares, Michelle Perez Kenderish, Carlotta Peres Applebaum, and Patrick Charpenel.
Marina Michelutti, David Weiner, and Elizabeth Steimberg.
Susanna Temkin, Anne Dayton, and Cecilia Rocha.
Annabelle Mariaca, Alberto Mariaca, and Teresa Bulgheroni.
Carla Comelli and Carlos Picon.
Jean Shafiroff.

And down in D.C., the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) presented a world-class medical symposium at The Hay-Adams. Leading breast cancer experts in the DC area highlighted new advances in breast cancer. The event, moderated by CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, senior diplomatic correspondent responsible for covering the State Department, included Dr. Sharad Goyal (The George Washington University,) Dr. Kathleen Harnden (Inova Schar), Dr. David Song and Veronique Weinstein (MedStar Georgetown.)

BCA’s partnership with DC-area institutions not only helps to educate women and men in the Capitol region but also brings support to underserved women’s breast health needs in the local Washington, DC community.


Colette Pike, Linda, Courie, and Justine Weissenborn.
David Song, Michelle Kosinski, Kathleen Harnden, Veronique Weinstein, Yonni Wattenmaker, and Sharad Goyal.
L. to r.: Sahiwn Daniel and Hilary Brandt; Eleni Tousimis and Alexandra de Borchgrave.
Eleni Tousimis, Christie Manning, Margot Stephenson, Ellen Terry, and Elas Walsh.
Ginny Faucette, Louie Naing, and Dorothy Wade.
L. to r.: Elizabeth Gerber and Susan Gerber; Meredith Fox and Yonni Wattenbaker.
Jennifer L. Porter, Gretchen Richards, Pamela Passman, and Rita Roy.
Kenneth Fan, Jodi King, Caroline King, and Dana Kuhar.
Trish Shannon, Sharon Dillard, Lisa Walsh, and Yonni Wattenbaker.

Annie Watt (Louvre); Richard Lewin (Longhouse); Rodney Choice/AnnieWatt.com (BCA)

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