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This Week’s Top Events: RxArt, Chanel, Storm King, and More

This week in New York, exciting events—like exhibition openings, fundraiser galas, and collection debuts—were aplenty.

Tuesday brought The Museum of Arts and Design’s annual MAD BALL. At Cipriani’s on 42nd Street, guests like Derrick Adams, Jonathan Adler, Dror Benshetrit, Zoë Buckman, Raf Simons, Rashid Johnson, and Chelsea Clinton joined in honoring this year’s recipients with the Visionaries! Award: former United States Secretary of State, collector, and art partron, Madeline K. Albright; Italian design innovator Barnaba Fornasetti; business leader, collector, and philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez; artist and Civil Rights activist Faith Ringgold; and multimedia contemporary artist Sterling Ruby.

Hermès “White Canvas” collection.
Courtesy of Hermès.

Also on Tuesday, the seventh annual ICP Spotlights benefit honored Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario for her significant contributions in photography and film. ICP Spotlight co-chairs Debbie Wilpon and Debby Hymowitz welcomed guests to an introduction by Katie Couric and ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. The event also included a silent auction of photographs—of renowned names like Annie Leibovitz, Adam Fuss, and Larry Fink—and a film about the first-ever Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship recipient.

Wednesday brought Hermès‘ “White Canvas” opening at its uptown Maison Universe—an exhibition dedicated to its new home collection, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through November 18.  President and CEO of Hermès’ USA, Robert Chavez, and Creative Director of Hermès home textiles, Florence Lafarge, welcomed guests as they explored the new patterns.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 07: Debby Wilpon and Debby Hymowitz speak on stage at The 2017 ICP spotlights luncheon honoring Pulitzer Prize-Winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario on November 7, 2017 in New York City.
Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for the International Center of Photography.
Courtesy of ICP.

“The 2017 collection of fabrics and wallpapers—a story of patterns, a new script “handmade” with drawings that play repetition, a mix and match of primary colors playing endless superposition and repetition…” said Lafarge to us that night. “The patterns multiply along a flow of playful contrasts.”

We also got a first sight at Tiffany & Co.’s new home and accessories collection on Wednesday night at the brand’s flagship store. Guests like Olivia Wilde and Riley Keough were spotted in stunning pieces—like layered diamond necklaces and Tiffany T earrings and rings—while the night continued, dually marking the launch of The Blue Box Cafe.

MADD BALL Madeline K. Albright.
Courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design.

Last night at the IAC building in New York, RxArt’s dinner and after-party honored Dan Colen and Chris Salgardo. The nonprofit organization, aimed at helping children through visual art, had a festive run of show, including an award presentation, a live auction of experiences, a special acoustic performance by St. Lucia. Mia Moretti DJed throughout the night, while the host committee—including patrons like Levy Gorvy, Agnes Gund, and Gagosian, Jason Beckman—greeted guests. Founder and President of RxArt, Diane Brown, welcomed guests before the presentation of awards. Dan Colen was honored with the the RxArt Inspiration Award, presented by Ryan McGinley through a projected video message, and Chris Salgardo received the Innovation Award, presented by artist José Parlá.

“Dan completed a stunning installation at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, transforming an austere recreation center into a bright, colorful and confetti lled fantasy-land,” said Brown. “We honor Chris Salgardo, RxArt board member of 10 years and former President and current Ambassador for Kiehl’s Since 1851, for his dedication to the mission of RxArt, and his philanthropic leadership in the elds of pediatric and adult healthcare, and safety within the LGBTQ Community.”

Storm King Arts Center “David Smith: The White Sculptures.”
Courtey of Storm King Arts Center.

Last night also welcomed the unveiling of African Dawn by abstract painter and sculptor Betty Parsons at Louis Vuitton’s Fifth Avenue boutique. The night was centered around a conversation between architect Peter Marino and Alexander Gray of Alexander Gray Associates—a contemporary art gallery that represents the Betty Parsons estate. Moderated by art world journalist Lindsay Pollock, the conversation was followed by a celebratory cocktail hour.

Tonight, we’ll be celebrating with Chanel at The Coco Club—a pop-up at The Wing in SoHo to celebrate the brand’s BOY∙FRIEND watch. A surprise musical performance will be held in the chic space, which the brand notes to be “for gathering, for community, for respite, for enjoyment, for escaping the confines of time—allowing women to own their own time and live life by their own set of rules.” The Coco Club is open to the public on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Betty Parsons
African Dawn, 1972
Acrylic on canvas
67.50h x 35.50w in
171.45h x 90.17w cm
© 2017 Betty Parsons Foundation
Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates, New York.
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

And over the weekend, we’ll be at Storm King Art Center. The departure of the late artist David Smith’s exhibition “The White Sculptures” on Sunday beckons one last trip to see his work in Mountainville. When Smith was living in his home and studio in the Adirondack Mountains, he had eight of his monumental sculptures on premise. At Storm King, visitors get the rare opportunity of seeing many of these sculptures in person, including the artist’s “Primo Piano” series from 1962 The works are also joined by a selection of early constructions that the artists made in the Virgin Island in 1931-1932.

“We’re thrilled to present the extraordinary work of David Smith for our 2017 season, and to highlight an artist who has played a vital role in Storm King’s history,” says Storm King President, John P. Stern. “Our presentation provides a singular opportunity to see a focused series of Smith’s work, while celebrating the deep connections between his art and one of the core values of Storm King’s mission: to explore art in nature.”

Peter Marino, Alexander Gray, Lindsay Pollock.
Courtesy of BFA and Louis Vuitton.



THE COCO CLUB The Coco Club.
Photo by Manuel Rodriguez.
Courtesy of Chanel.



Diane Brown, Dan Colen






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