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Susan Lowry

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Although he is not exactly the new boy in town — he has been the director of The Museum of Modern Art since 1995 — Glenn Lowry’s star has never shone more brightly. Attractive, charming, gifted and a brilliant people person, he is the unanimous darling of MoMA’s board of trustees, who respect and admire him. He is also a big hero to his staff of 600. The rise of the marble magnificence that is the new MoMA is attributed primarily to this born-and-bred New Yorker’s patience, determination, dedication and masterful way of handling everyone involved in this great cultural project. There are those who say that “without him the new museum would never have happened.” Plus all this, he is a family man, happily married to his pretty wife Susan, a landscape artist, with three adorable children.

So who in the world better to honor on Valentine’s Day than Susan and Glenn?

Mercedes and Sid Bass of the billionaire Texas Basses, ardent supporters of MoMA, gave a lavish party at the new museum for 225 Lowry fans and friends. The ladies were asked to dress in Valentine red or New York black. Guess which color won? Still, the ladies in red looked particularly glamorous, especially Mercedes, who wore red satin especially designed for her and the night by Oscar de la Renta.

Because Mercedes is a hostess of note and because the Basses never do anything halfway anyhow — why should they? — the decor was perfect for the occasion, relentlessly hearts and flowers. Robin Lathrop of Perfect Parties by Robin covered the tables in lush red cloth and centered them with red obelisk candleholders suspending mirrored hearts and set in a base of red carnations. Glittery heart-shaped confetti was sprinkled on the tables and the room was surrounded with palm trees, strategically located to provide an atmosphere of intimacy — no matter that there were 225 fashionable bottoms seated on the black-lacquered chairs.

Dinner, served by Glorious Food in the second floor Atrium, was a medley of glazed medallions of salmon, roasted boneless quail stuffed with black truffles and, for dessert, heart-shaped chocolate boxes filled with chocolate mousse. You would have loved it.
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