The Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball 2019: Notte a Palazzo

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Event Leadership Lili Buffett, Britt Theodora, Larry Milstein, Vanessa Traina, Honorary Chairman and Creative Director of ALTUZARRA Joseph Altuzarra, Selby Drummond, Paul Arnhold, and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon

The annual Young Fellows Ball, now in its 20th year took place on Thursday, March 21st, in partnership with ALTUZARRA, and drew its theme from the current special exhibition Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture.

Approximately 600 attended the black tie evening, many of whom inspired by the evening’s theme — modern references to clothing and accessories seen in works of art from the Renaissance. Parties – dinners and balls and receptions at the Frick are always a special event for the guests. People dress in accommodation with the elegance of the mansion.

Designed by Carrere and Hastings and built between 1913 and 1914 for Henry Clay Frick, the Pittsburgh industrialist, the mansion provides a grand domestic setting reminiscent of the aristocratic houses of Europe.  Mr. Frick was in residence for only five years, dying in 1919. He bequeathed his residence on East 70th Street along with his remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts to the public.


The Garden Court

Today, The Frick Collection is one of New York City’s great cultural treasures. The energy of the evening is felt throughout the entire museum, especially in the West Gallery and special exhibition galleries, where guests mingled and posed for pictures with the portraits on view!

During Notte a Palazzo, guests had special access to all of the permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions, which were be open throughout the evening for their private enjoyment. The elegant Garden Court was open for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to music by Pamela Katz. Proceeds from the benefit event provide essential support for the Frick’s many activities, including the acclaimed programs of its education department, which serves New York City public schools in all five boroughs, and the Frick Art Reference Library.

Joseph Altuzarra the Paris born designer was Honorary Chairman of the evening, which was chaired by Paul Arnhold, Lili Buffett, Selby Drummond, Leandra Medine, Laurence Ross Milstein, Britt Theodora and Vanessa Traina. Chairmen of the evening and selected guests were dressed by Altuzarra.  The evening was catered by Olivier Cheng with décor by Putnam & Putnam.


Event Leadership Britt Theodora, Larry Milstein, Vanessa Traina, Honorary Chairman and Creative Director of ALTUZARRA Joseph Altuzarra, and Selby Drummond

Guests included: Julia Arnhold and Lane Gerson, Josh and Kevin Barba-Hill, Grace J. Beitler, Danielle Bernstein, Georgina Bloomberg, Jessica Casey, Ted Casey, Chefanie, Dr. Tai-Heng Cheng and Cole Harrell, Christy Williams Coombs, Catherine Corman, Peter N. Darrow, Martin Dawson, Mercedes de Guardiola, Elizabeth Donaldson, Permele Crawford Doyle, Karis Durmer, Pari Ehsan, Haya Elkadi, Daniel Ezra, Sarah Flint, Wes Gordon, Alexander Mason Hankin, Alecta Rose Hill, Anne M. Huntington,Carolina and Charles Joyce, Thayer Joyce, Eaddy Kiernan, Casey Kohlberg, Elizabeth Kurpis, Marc A. Lewinstein, Michael S. Lorber, Ashley B.T. Ma, Caroline A. McCarthy, Leandra Medine, Joshua Milstein, Laurence Ross Milstein, Meredith Milstein, Toby Anne Milstein, Elizabeth Morrocco, Aimee Ng, Sumit R. Nihalani, Jonquil O’Reilly, Noor Pahlavi, Caitlyn and Andrew Pickens, Drew Poffel, Saara Pritchard and Tom Melton, Polina Proshkina, David Pullins, Eugenia Miranda Richman and Eric Richman, Dan Rothmann, David Rothschild, Stanley Rowe, Patti Ruiz-Healy, Xavier F. Salomon, Katie Sands, Judah Schulman, Sarah Stengel, Nina Wainwright Strauss, Anthony Tedesco, Charlotte Textor, Britt Theodora, Alexandra Traber, Vanessa Traina, Rebecca Vanyo, Charlotte Vignon, Lisa and Jeff Volling, Brahm Wachter, Ashton Wackym, Ian Wardropper, Laura Day Webb, Alice W. Wright, and Jacob M. Zucker.


Guests in the West Gallery


It was a great and special evening. For more than 20 years, the Young Fellows have helped to ensure that The Frick Collection remains a singular museum experience. Its gifts support the preservation of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, annual symposia, their award-winning concert series, and outstanding lectures, as well as the maintenance of the galleries and gardens of the landmarked Gilded Age mansion. Young Fellows’ events throughout the year offer social and educational opportunities for lively exchange among young art enthusiasts.

The Ball helps support education programs which provide enrichment opportunities to more than 31,000 museum visitors each year — from school groups and lifelong learners, to educators and scholars. In addition to school visits, the Frick offers an array of student programs throughout the year, such as Art History Club for middle school students, Frick Forum and Teen Night for high school students, and College Night and internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition it provides free public lecture series, and also offers free public programs including First Fridays, Art Dialogues, and Wednesday Atelier, all of which encourage audiences to look closely, think deeply, and enjoy the museum that is a masterpiece.



Photographs by Carl Timpone/BFA.com & Christine A. Butler

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