Luminescence defined The Frick Collection’s Young Fellows Ball 2017, dubbed Turner by Moonlight, which was held last week at the museum’s iconic Upper East Side mansion. The event raised money for the museum’s education programs, while celebrating the Frick’s latest exhibit, Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time.
“The Turner exhibit is stunning. He layers different time periods and architectural references into a particular piece…and that’s kind of the feel of what tonight is. We have a 21st century crowd within a 20th century building with 19th century art,” said Amory McAndrew, a Young Fellows Chairman.”
The event was hosted by The Frick’s Young Fellows, a arm of the Frick’s Board at large that seeks educate younger generations on the museum’s collection.
Turner’s use of lights was the inspiration for the dress code that evening, which was billed as luminescent black tie. The mansion was bathed in midnight blue and silver. Upwards of 600 guests mingled in the Garden Court, stepped back in time through the galleries, and danced to mixes by DJ Allison Kinney.
The event was help in partnership with Carolina Herrera. “I think she’s always admired the collection,” said McAndrew. “She’s an Upper East Side institution. So is the Frick. They two go well together.” Herrera has also shown her collections at the museum multiple times.
Guests at the event included Ana Villafane, Paul Arnhold, Lucy Jane Lang, Jennifer Wright, Alessandra Balazs, Rickie De Sole, Suz Massen, Stephen Bury, Elizabeth Kurpis, Nicky and James Rothschild, Toby and Larry Milstein, Princess Beatrice and Micaela Erlanger.