Sloan Kettering and TEFAF conjure Maastricht-on-the-Hudson

by Michael Gross Photographed by BFA /Benjamin Lozovsky and Carl Timpone
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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“I’ve never shaken so many hands!” Jamee Gregory, the new president of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, marveled at 7:30 as she slipped out of Friday’s 2nd Annual Opening Night of TEFAF New York Fall at the Park Avenue Armory on the early side, en route to the country with her ever-dapper husband Peter Gregory. But not before he pulled a bottle of Purell from his jacket pocket and gave his wife a squirt.

Behind them, on two floors of the Armory, the Society’s members, notable collectors, philanthropists and leaders in fashion and design were still thronging the exclusive preview of the fair, which is open to the public through Wednesday November 1. TEFAF New York Fall focuses on decorative art and jewelry from antiquity through the early 20th century, as well as artists from the ancients through Turner and Schiele. The highly acclaimed Maastricht-based art fair brought its signature roving oyster shuckers as well.

Among those joining the Gregorys and the evening’s co-chairs, Fiona Druckenmiller, Shabnam Henry, Carolina de Neufville, Elizabeth Singer and Caryn Zucker, were Martha Stewart, Emilie and Ian Irving, Frances Adler Beatty, Jennifer Creel, Mary Snow, Juan Montoya, Urban Karlsson, Nanne Dekking, Patrick van Maris, Amory McAndrew, Kitty and Stephen Sherrill, Brian Sawyer, Karen Glover, Elizabeth Fuller, Shelley Carr, Marshall Watson, Eric Cohler, Tansa Mermerci, Yosun Reza, Eleanora Kennedy, Muffy Miller, Tina Beriro, Kate Davis, Elizabeth Singer, Daisy Soros, Michael Smith, Dr. Tullia Lindsten and Dr. Craig B. Thompson, Tom Henry, Carolina de Neufville, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Rebecca de Ravenel, Konrad Bernheimer, Vicente Wolf, Louise Grunwald, David Kleinberg, Travis Acquavella, Marcie Pantzer, Emilia Saint-Amand, Allison Aston, Madeline Weinrib, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Susan Gutfreund, Liz Gardiner, Christina and Sean Smith, Sara Zilkha, Alan and Sandra Gerry, Joaquin Serra, Elena Serra, Diandra Douglas, Radzy Minski, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Laurence Kaiser, Carlos Picon, Cornelia Ercklentz, Phillip Thomas, Jamie Niven, Bettina Zilkha, Elisa Davis, Meike Hartelust, Katinka Reiss, Roel Smit, Nicole Miller and Helen Lee Schifter.

The Trump administration was represented by Secretary of Commerce and noted Magritte collector Wilbur Ross, and his wife Hilary Geary, who told AVENUE their new home at River House is almost finished and they were spending the night there. But Ross added that they are finding their new second home, Washington, D.C., to be a lot of fun, “especially when you’re one of the top company people in a one-company town.”

Proceeds from The Opening Night benefit The Society’s patient care, research and education programs at MSK. The evening was underwritten by Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller. Amy Astley, Architectural Digest’s editor in chief, was this year’s Design Committee Chair.


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