On The Avenue

A Tree Grows in Midtown

by AVENUE insider Photographed by (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Museum of Modern Art)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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Party animals came together on June 5 for the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden. The evening honored Eva and Glenn Dubin, Susan and David Rockefeller, and collection artists Vija Celmins and Carrie Mae Weems for their contributions to the museum.

Guests mingled underneath the trees of MoMA’s sculpture garden—a lush oasis in the middle of Midtown—before a sit-down dinner just inside the museum. Of course, the evening didn’t end after dessert. A special host committee for the afterparty included Zoë Buckman, Molly Crabapple, Teresita Fernández, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Anna Rose Holmer, Steffani Jemison, Jing Liu, Jumana Manna, Mika Rottenberg, Emily Roysdon, Erin Shirreff, Xaveria Simmons, Taryn Simon, Avery K. Singer, Sable Elyse Smith, Martine Syms and Anicka Yi. Guests meandered back into the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden for cocktails, conversation, and a musical performance by James Blake.

Much to the delight of the crowd, Blake gave a solo piano performance in the middle of the garden. Blake recently released his third studio album “The Colour in Anything,” and he collaborated on Beyonce’s album “Lemonade.” Such artful work was only perfect for the finale of MoMA’s Party in the Garden.  

The event raised money for MoMA’s Annual Fund, as well as the museum’s general operating fund, which supports MoMA’s day-to-day programs and care of its collection. It also helps keep the maintenance of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Party in the Garden was co-chaired by Agnes Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Mimi Haas, and Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, along with honorary co-chairs Leon D. Black, Marie-Josée Kravis and Jerry I. Speyer.


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