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Friday Fête: New Museum’s Exhibition Reception, The NYBG’s Annual Orchid Dinner, and More

In this week’s edition of Friday Fête, we’re looking back at events in New York City like an exhibition opening reception at the New Museum, the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Dinner, and a taste-filled experience with Tequila Cazadores.

On Tuesday night, the New Museum celebrated the opening of two new exhibitions, Peter Saul’s “Crime and Punishment” and Jordan Casteel’s “Within Reach.” Guests like KAWS,  Cindy Sherman, and Massimiliano Gioni joined the artists for a first look at the shows, which are on view through the end of May. Casteel’s presentation features around 40 paintings from throughout her career, including a series of recent portraits, and Saul’s exhibition serves as the artist’s first-ever New York City survey.

SCAD SCAD Lacoste gall 2019 fxhibitions, “L’esprit de SCAD,” photography courtesy of SCAD.

The New York Botanical Garden hosted its Orchid Dinner on Wednesday at The Plaza, commemorating the start of the annual Orchid show. The 2020 iteration, “The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope,” is open through April 19 to feature the work of renowned floral designer Jeff Leatham. Sponsored by Hearst, the evening saw guests like Carrie Rebora Barratt, Elizabeth Sutton, Timo Weiland, Geordon Nicol, Leigh Lezark, and James DeSantis who partook in a cocktail hour, a sale of rare and exceptional orchids, an evening meal, and dancing to a set by DJ Mad Marj. The highlight of the evening was the extravagant spread of table centerpieces, which offered illustrious orchid arrangements by Leatham.

And last night at Haven’s Kitchen, Tequila Cazadores honored its new Añejo Cristalino tequila with a special dinner—Cena Incolora, or “colorless dinner.” The night featured a meal curated by Chef Aarón Sànchez, which was completely devoid of color, inspired by the crystalline quality of the tequila. Guests enjoyed the flavorful meal—which was created to highlight the full-bodied palate of the aged añejo—while chatting with dinner neighbors and sipping on delectable drinks.

SCAD Kenturah Davis’s gallery talk at SCAD Museum of Art, photography courtesy of SCAD.





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