There was art on
the floor and art walking the floor when Laura
and Dick Parson hosted a party at their expansive
Tribeca loft. The party was in honor of the American
Folk Art Museum’s Annual Fall Gala which
takes place on November 9, 2010 at the Tribeca
Rooftop (see details below).
Parsons are major collectors of American folk
art and their home is filled with the wonderful
pieces that they have collected throughout their
years together. Art hung on the walls, filled
the shelves and literally stood on the floor.
The art walking the floors was the presence of
art luminaries: opera singer Jessye Norman, dancer
Arthur Mitchell, actress Cicely Tyson, artist
Kiki Smith and Agnes Nixon, the creator of One
Life to Live and All My Children.
spoke to the crowd and asked them all to buy tables
for the Gala. She also spoke of the importance
of folk art and its definition as all art that
was not created by trained artists, not just the
quilts that may first come to mind.
Laura and Dick Parsons with Yaz and Valentin Hernandez
are chairing this year's gala for the second year
in a row. Laura and Yaz a announced that the museum
will honor seven Advocates for the Arts at their
upcoming gala: Betsy Bloomingdale, Edythe and
Eli Broad, Mario Buatta, Shafik Gabr, Sheila C.
Johnson, Latifa Kosta, and Kiki Smith who will
Guests included (scroll down for photos): Yana
Avis, Tony Bechara, Henry Buhl, Elli Cullman,
Alberto Cribione, Lucy Danziger, Jackie Weld Drake,
Michael Gross, Jan Willem Van Bergen Henegouwen,
Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, Petra and Stephan
Levin, Phyllis Kossoff, Joel Klein, Rikki Klieman
and former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly, Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder,
Jerry Lauren, Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg,
Agnes Nixon, Ms. Jessy Norman, Bill Rhodes, Kimberly
and Steve Rockefeller, Jill Y. Roosevelt, Mr.
and Mrs. Evelyn de Rothschild, Kiki Smith, Samantha
Thompson, Carlo Tunioli, Cicely Tyson, Veronica
Webb and Barbara Winston.
Guests drank Brunello Di Montalcino
2001 red wine from the Parsons' vineyard in Italy.
Here are the details of the
Folk Art Museum Celebrates
Advocates For The Arts
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6:30 PM cocktails
7:30 Dinner, Awards and Dancing
The annual Fall Benefit
gala provides the primary source of funding for
the museum’s acclaimed educational programs,
which serve more than 8,000 New York City schoolchildren
each year. The museum has a long-standing commitment
to arts education, as demonstrated by the exhibition
series Perspectives, organized by the education
department, and the website developed specifically
for educators. Your support will allow the museum
to sustain and expand these exceptional initiatives,
helping to make the arts accessible to an even
broader audience of children.
The Fall Benefit Celebrates Advocates for the
Arts: Betsy Bloomingdale • Edythe and Eli
Broad • Mario Buatta • Shafik Gabr
• Sheila C. Johnson • Latifa Kosta
• Kiki Smith
The evening will include an auction of artwork
and exceptional items.
Click here to purchase tickets:
Tribeca Rooftop | Two
Desbrosses Street | New York City
and Jackie Weld Drake
||Eleanora Kennedy and
Yaz Hernandez, Toni Colon
and Eleanora Kennedy