The Frick Collection’s annual Autumn Dinner honoring Stephen A. Schwarzman

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Guests in the West Gallery.

Mr. Frick built his dream house at the beginning of the 20th century. He had been leasing the Cornelius Vanderbilt III’s mansion on 51st Street and Fifth Avenue. It was there, in the Vanderbilt house where Frick’s sense and/or need of establishing a residence with a collection in New York came to fruition. I’m speculating only because he was a Pittsburgher who came to New York for what it offered a man of his means and accomplishment. 

The property on the avenue between 70th and 71st Streets had been the location of the Lenox Library, a large limestone building constructed in 1877. At the end of the 19th Century when the central New York Public Library building was opening, James Lenox, bibliophile and philanthropist as well as owner of the original plot, donated his Library to the central library.


The Garden Court.
West Gallery.
West Gallery.
Library Gallery.


Mr. Frick knew what he wanted – which was that location. He agreed to buy it and wait until the Lenox Library was moved to its new location and the building be razed before he could even begin.

It took several years, and the mansion wasn’t completed for living until 1912-1913. I recall these details to emphasize the “specialness” of the Frick Collection which is also its headquarters. They are the masterpiece of the Collector Himself. And, a visit to the Collection, is a visit to the man’s house. It is awesome and serene – at least for the moments one is inside.


Libations sponsored by Ferrari Trento.

The Autumn Dinner plays a unique role in the social landscape of New York. This year’s honored guest was Stephen Schwarzman, who when he came to the podium had a personal story about his relationship to the Frick. He recounted for us his engagement party with his now wife Christine when he was able to “hire” the space for a private party. In his description was his awe, the same awe we all share, being at the Frick, in Mr. Frick’s masterpiece. It made for a very special moment in a special evening. Steve Schwarzman also opened up the museum to another avenue of creating revenue.


Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper.
Ian Wardropper and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Christine Schwarzman.
Stephen A. Schwarzman and Christine Schwarzman.

Proceeds from the event will help support the full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives, and the Frick Art Reference Library. Each year the dinner raises more than $1,000,000.

On this recent evening, Frick Chairman Betty Eveillard welcomed everyone from the podium in the West Gallery, thanking guests for their generous support of the Frick and for joining the museum in celebrating the evening’s honoree. After the main course, Frick Director Ian Wardropper toasted the honoree and presented him with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co.


Guests in the North Hall.
Laura Webb, M. Mercedes de Guardiola, and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher.
Ronnie West and Davide Stefanacci.
Bruce Crooker, Maggie Lavin, and Mac Galvin.
April Gow.
L. to r.: Trustee and Benefit Chairman Tai-Heng Cheng; Benefit Committee Chairman Londa Weisman.
Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, Benefit Chairman Jean-Marie Eveillard, and Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard.
Assistant Director for Communications & Marketing Alexis Light, Associate Director for Individual Giving Karaugh Brown, Laura Webb, and Charlotte Greenough.
Alan Wintermute and Colin B. Bailey.
L. to r.: Associate Director of Communications & Marketing Heidi Rosenau; Tijana Ibrahimovic; Trustee and Benefit Committee Member Emily T. Frick.
Lee and Chloë Rubenstein, Benefit Committee Member Paul Arnhold and Melissa Gokhvat.
Scott Dunklee, Victoria Lakers, Ming Ling Lai, Jeff Slovin, and Paul Bascobert.
Devika Bulchandani, Ashwin Bulchandani, Trustee and Benefit Committee Member Ayesha Bulchandani, Benefit Chairman Fritz Hobbs, and Mita Bannerjee-Bulchandani.
L. to r.: Associate Director for Individual Giving Karaugh Brown, Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, Curator Aimee Ng; Eiko S. Assael.
Ronnie West and Davide Stefanacci.
Irene R. Aitken and President Emerita Helen Clay Chace.
Brian Drost, Elise Taylor, and Laurence R. Milstein.
L. to r.: Ian Wardropper and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman; Christine Schwarzman and Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Benefit Committee Member Marina Kellen French, Thomas Outerbridge, Annabelle Selldorf, and Benefit Committee Member Larry Gagosian.
Benefit Chairmen Fritz Hobbs, Cole Harrell, Linda Hobbs, Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman, Christine Schwarzman, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper, Benefit Chairmen Casey Kohlberg, and Trustee Tai-Heng Cheng.
Marian and Richard Bott.
L. to r.: Benefit Committee Chairman and Trustee Margot Bogert and Madeline Bogert; Bridgitte Young and Benefit Committee Member Blaike Young.
Trustee Aso O. Tavitian and Isabella Meisinger.
Benefit Committee Members Donald and Barbara Tober.
Benefit Committee Members Londa Weisman, Trustee Sidney R. Knafel, and Marina Kellen French.
L. to r.: Katherine G. Reibel and Brooke Lampley; Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, Benefit Committee Member Paul Arnhold, and Trustee and Benefit Committee Member Ayesha Bulchandani.
David Bohnett and Benefit Committee Member Mark F. Haukohl.
Benefit Committee Member Marina Kellen French, Emily K. Rafferty, and Philippe and Edith de Montebello.
Monika McLennan, Benefit Chairman Cole Harrell, and Laurel DeVore.
L. to r.: Olga Litvinenko and Michael Fitzgerald; Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon and Assistant Director for Communications & Marketing Alexis Light.
Benefit Chairmen John and Jenny Paulson.
Sara Rosenberg, Charlie Rosenberg, Karen B. Cohen, and Benefit Committee Members Mark and Rochelle Rosenberg.
Ann K. Nitze and Suzanne C. Kohlberg.
Douglas and Meg Braff, Trustee and Benefit Committee Chairman Michael J. Horvitz, Ashley Bernhard, and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Lauren Sanchez, Stefanía Hrönn Guðrúnardóttir, Kathryn Kerns, Benefit Chairman Casey Kohlberg, Nora Boyd, Charlotte Greenough, and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher.
Chief Human Resources Officer Dana Winfield, Commissioner Victor Calise, Martha Jackson, and Chief Financial Officer Michael Paccione.
Benefit Committee Members Andrew and Barbara Gundlach, Kalliope Karella Rena, Shirin von Wulffen, Frédéric Fekkai, and Douglas Braff.
Benefit Committee Members Julia Arnhold and Lane Gerson.
Anjali Melwani and Benefit Committee Member Andrew Gundlach.
Guests in the West Gallery.
Guests in the West Gallery.
Guests in the Library Gallery.
Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman and Benefit Committee Member Larry Gagosian.
Luz Mary Harris and Ian Wardropper.
Amanda Haynes-Dale and Lawrence Keigwin.
Younghee-Kim Wait and Trustee Christian Keesee.
Ward Landigran and Benefit Committee Member Jane Horvitz.
Judith Landrigan and John Herrmann.

Photographs by Angela Pham/BFA.com, Christine A. Butler, & George Koelle

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