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Around The Frick Collection: Museum Hosts Autumn Dinner, Names Renovation Architect

Friday, October 21, 2016

On Monday, October 17, The Frick Collection hosted its annual Autumn Dinner. This year’s honoree was award-winning artist and writer Edmund de Waal, who spoke of his first visit to the Frick at a teenager, and how “his world stopped” when he spotted the collection’s Chardin still-life. de Waal has since gone on to become an internationally renowned artists, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels.

The Frick put on a show-stopping evening, beginning with a cocktail reception in the 1935 neoclassical Garden Court and transitioning to a formal sit-down dinner in the galleries. All of the galleries were open, as guests were invited to experience the museum’s works, which includes masterpieces by couch artists as Bellini, Rembrandt and Whistler, after hours.

Before dinner began, Frick Chairman Margot Bogert welcomed everyone and honored a key missing presence—that of Bill Cunningham. Cunningham was an indelible personality at the event annually.

Dinner was served in either the West Gallery; or the more intimate Oval Room. Guests dined on a first course of Long Island pumpkin soup with black truffles, almonds and faro; an entrée of loin of veal with black morel mushroom cream sauce, autumn vegetables and spiced reisling just; and dessert of a spice-poached pear with mascarpone mousse, white port reduction and hazelnut brittle. Putnam & Putnam created the decor, which perfectly complemented the paintings lining the walls of the two rooms.

After dinner, Frick Director Ian Wardropper toasted de Waal and his contributions to the arts as an artist, writer and collector. He lauded de Waal’s ability to demonstrate “his passion for art, as well as its power to connect us through the centuries.” Wardropper presented de Waal with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co., before de Waal took the stage to say a few words.

As the night drew to a close, guests received a copy of de Waal’s most recent book, The White Road, which journeys through the history of porcelain.

Proceeds from the event support programs at The Frick Collection, including education and curatorial initiatives, and the Frick Art Reference Library.

Later this week, The Frick announced that Annabelle Sellforf’s architecture firm, Selldorf Architects, has been tapped to head the museum’s renovation plans. Selldorf’s firm has worked with the Neue Galerie in Manhattan, and the Clark Art Institure in Massachusetts. The firm will be charged with a major upgrade, enhancement and expansion of the Frick’s facilities.

For more information, visit frick.org. The Frick Collection is located a 1 East 70th Street, New York.


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