On The Avenue

Get Ur Frick On

by Missy Hargraves Photographed by Max Lakner/BFA.com
Monday, October 22, 2018

Elegant ball gowns accented by exquisite jewels were on view throughout the halls of The Frick Collection during their annual Autumn Dinner on October 18th. But these fancy frocks weren’t part of an exhibit at one of the preeminent American museums, they were donned instead by guests at the truly spectacular black-tie gala, a long standing “must attend” by New York’s elite.

After all, where else can the upper crust be transported back to The Gilded Age whilst meandering through the epic galleries of agrand Beaux-Arts mansion? When can high society sip cocktails in an indoor neoclassical garden courtyard complete with a fountain and then dine at an eighty-four-seat table amidst Renaissance masterpieces (except perhaps, for a lucky few, in their own homes)?

This fall’s extravagant Olivier Cheng catered banquet honored Henry P. Johnson, a long time supporter of the institution. Trustee Margot Bogert introducedthe philanthropist who said that viewing Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Girl on his first visit to the Frick as a college student (sponsored by his Art History professor) “changed his life.”

Guests, dining amongst works by Rembrandt, Goya, Holbein, Turner, and others, included Board Chairman Betty Eveillard, Director Ian Wardropper, Cody and Benefit Chairman Alexandra Caroline Kittle, Edith and Phillipe de Montebello, Susan and Henry Johnson, Sofia and Peter Blanchard III, Xavier F. Salomon and President Emerita Helen Clay Chace.

The celebration, attended by Grace Johnson, Genevra Le Voci, Victor and Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa, Nikki Trager, Charles M. Royce, Victoria Wyman, Sally and Howard G. Lepow, Michael J. Horvitz and Amory McAndrew raises over $1,000,000 annually.

Johnson’s voice reverberated through the halls that have hosted the novel-inspiring works Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch as he reminded patrons that although he was being honored, “It’s not about me. It’s about us.”


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