The Frick Collection hosted its annual Autumn Dinner on Monday, October 18th, a special evening to celebrate the institution and its enduring legacy. The black-tie event raised vital funds to support the many important activities of the museum and Frick Art Reference Library, including conservation, education programs, special exhibitions, and more.
This year they honored Ronald Lauder who is a noted collector himself. He is a leading figure in the New York City arts scene, serving as honorary chairman of the Museum of Modern Art and co-founder and president of the Neue Galerie New York, and has been a long friend and supporter of the Frick. He has been a Fellow of the Frick for over a decade. He has supported library and museum projects including the exhibition Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome (2018–19).
Mr. Lauder, who serves as chairman of Clinique Laboratories and on the Board of Directors of the Estée Lauder Companies, is a dedicated champion of the arts and of numerous other philanthropic causes.
He is also Chairperson of the Board Emeritus of the Jewish National Fund, chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation, and president of the World Jewish Congress and The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which fosters Jewish education in Eastern and Central Europe. He is also co-founder, with his brother Leonard Lauder, of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
The evening began with the Chair of the Frick’s Board of Trustees Betty Eveillard welcoming guests, thanking them for their generous support of the institution at such a vital time in its history. After the main dinner course, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper toasted Lauder for his remarkable contributions to the art world and for his longstanding dedication to the Frick. After Mr. Lauder spoke, he was presented with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co. Floral arrangements for the event were provided by Ariston Flowers.
The evening’s Benefit Chairmen were Margot and Jerry Bogert, Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard, Jane and Michael J. Horvitz, Marianna and Juan Sabater, Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Julie and David M. Tobey.
Arielle Patrick was the Young Fellows Benefit Chairman and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder served as Vice Chairmen.
Benefactors of the evening were: Ravenel Curry and Jane Moss, Barbara and Brad Evans, Marina Kellen French, Agnes Gund, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. Gundlach, and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
Patrons: Mrs. Russell B. Aitken, Beyer Blinder Belle, Joyce B. Cowin, Barbara G. Fleischman, Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II, Alys and Jim Garman, Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman, Sciame Construction, Selldorf Architects, Sotheby’s, Elaine and Donald Textor, and the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.
Young Fellows Patrons: Julia Arnhold and Lane Gerson, Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, Mercedes de Guardiola, Casey Kohlberg, and Matthew Christopher Pietras.
And finally, the Benefit Committee: Gini and Randy Barbato, Peter and Sofia Blanchard, Ayesha Bulchandani, Christie’s, Tony and Judy Evnin, Kathleen Feldstein, First Republic Bank, James Grant and Patricia Kavanagh, Luz-Mary Harris, Ph.D., and Steve Harris, Richard and Vera Hough, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, Sabina and Harlan Stone, Tiffany & Co., Barbara Tober, and Blaike Young.
Photographs by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com & Christine A. Butler.