Spring Garden Party at the Frick

by Alice Cruickshank Photographed by Guy Robinson, Elisabeth Stribling
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The annual Frick Spring Garden Party on Monday, 8 June, was a particularly zesty affair, as the collection’s fellows celebrated the theme Flaming June.

Nearly 650 guests assembled in the rarely opened Fifth Avenue Garden at the collection, where roses in full bloom and decorative potted orange trees provided a colorful backdrop.

This year’s Spring Party was particularly special, as it also marked the opening of Sir Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June exhibition in the Frick’s Oval Room. The painting is currently on loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. This is the first time it has been on view in the city.

The Director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Alejandra Peña Gómez, and its Associate European Art Curator, Pablo Pérez d’Ors, joined Frick Director Ian Wardhopper at the celebration.

The Flaming June theme was reflected in many of the guests outfits, with hues of oranges and pinks and extravagant floral headpieces taking center stage. A kind donation by Frick Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani of delectable Indian silks ensured the party spaces matched the opulent attire.

The event kicked off with speciality cocktails crafted with Belvedere vodka as jazz quartet The Flail performed in the garden.

As the sun set, revelries moved inside, and guests had first time access to a sizable portion of the Frick’s second floor spaces.

Society band, The Bob Hardwick Sound, kept guests dancing late into the evening.


Photos by Christine A. Butler and


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