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Coming Up Roses

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Barry Rosen, Arlene Shechet
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Inside The Frick Collection’s Spring Garden Party


From timeless social roses to blossoming art crowd graces wearing sylvan and botanical scenery inspired gowns, The Frick Collection’s Spring Garden was a Midsummer’s Night Dream come to life.


On a pleasantly breezy and at times menacingly stormy Chekhovian Monday, May 23, to show the appreciation for the generous support of The Frick Collection’s Fellows and Young Fellows, the storied museum opened its historic Fifth Avenue Garden for the now annual tradition, Spring Garden Party. The magical garden opens its doors only once a year for this special festive occasion.


This year’s party entertained its young patrons with a sizzling evening of art, live music by the noted jazz quartet The Flail  and dancing. The fun night started with crafted cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the fragrant magnolia trees. After the sun set over Central Park, the party continued with dancing in the Music Room and desserts around the Garden Court. The garden greenery was accented by four large-scale Meissen animal figurines, the first time the museum has exhibited sculptural statuary outdoors. Partygoers sipped specialty cocktails with Belvedere vodka and wines from Wines of Chile, accompanied by a tempting variety of seasonally inspired hors d’oeuvres. As the temperatures dropped, partygoers moved inside where Dr. UNOs & Dubs kept guests on the dance floor until the evening’s end.


The event’s theme, Into the Garden, referenced the many varieties of flowers, birds, and foliage that decorate the porcelain, and guests were invited to wear white and gold tones, a telling characteristic of Meissen porcelain. Inside the garden the parties’ well-heeled young ladies wearing hats exquisite as tropical birds, were offered “fashion sketches” from Saks Fifth Avenue.


Some of the party’s fittingly attired attendees included Barry Rosen, Elizabeth Kurpis, Arlene Shechet Polina Proshkina Ian Wardropper, Lucy Jane Lang, Kate Riebel, Sarah McNear, Lauren Solomon, Margot Bogert, Melinda Sullivan, Ayesha Bulchandani, Amory McAndrew, Xavier Salomon, and others.


All through the night, over 700 guests had an opportunity to view magnificent works of art from The Frick Collection’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, and even got to take a peek inside the rarely seen second floor and preview the newest exhibit, Porcelain, No Simple Matter:Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection, featuring nearly one hundred works of eighteenth-century Meissen porcelain, selected by New York–based sculptor Arlene Shechet, and juxtaposed with some of her own creations.


In a life imitating art way, the guests’s blossoming dresses were mimicking the porcelain’s natural world motifs. Off to the garden!


To learn more about how you can join and become a Fellow of The Frick Collection and new exhibits, visit frick.org


Photos by Madison/BFA.com




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