The magnificent Morgan Library’s gala benefit — with a "We’ve Got Plans" theme of the evening — celebrated the Morgan’s major building and expansion project designed by Renzo Piano. It was the last gala in the library’s old place as the plans are now to close in early May when construction begins. To create excitement about the new expansion, the current Exhibition Room and Reading Room were turned into veritable "construction sites" dressed up for the night with elements related to building trades, architecture and design. What an absolutely withered concept!
At least 300 lovely people filled the rooms for the elegant dinner and disco in the garden court for the Young Associates (and brave older folks), including members of New York’s business and social elite — exactly what one would expect on an illustrious Morgan guest list — all eager to support this remarkable museum and research center. The library’s trustees include such worthies as S. Parker Gilbert, president; James R. Houghton, vice president; Robert M. Pennoyer, secretary; George L. K. Frelinghuysen, secretary, and trustee ex-officio Charles E. Pierce, the Morgan’s director, who along with Mrs. Pierce hosted the celebration. All wheat, no chaff. All sheep, no goats.
On Feb. 12, the most exotic and exceptional of flowers, orchids, will bloom and be for sale at the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Dinner at the University Club. Dominique Browning of House and Garden, and Ann and Philip Miller are the chairs of the evening, and Carolina Herrera is the honorary chairwoman. Please wear your best cocktail dress. After le dîner, on dansera.
Speaking of dîner and dansera, it’s being called "an evening of nouveau glamour" when the Young Fellows of the Frick Collection do their celebrating on Feb. 6 at the glorious museum on Fifth Avenue. Marina Rust Connor, Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan, Lauren du Pont and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer are the chairs, and Sidney Toledano, the president and chief executive officer of Christian Dior couture, is the honorary chairman. The Frick is working with Dior and the "tone" of the party will be Thirties Deco. The glamour is supposed to last until midnight. It helps if you’re young.