On July 9, the Parrish Art Museum hosted its annual Summer Solstice Dinner, a highly anticipated fundraising event in support of museum exhibitions, education and programming. The elegant affair, hosted by co-chairs Deborah F. Bancroft, Preston T. Phillips and George Wells and honorary co-chair Marcia Dunn Sobel, honored four influential figures in the art world: Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas de Deux Black Women, artist Jasper Johns and art collector and philanthropist Miyoung Lee.
The evening began with alfresco cocktails, where guests engaged in lively conversation while browsing the Museum’s two ongoing exhibitions, “Set It Off,” curated by Two Black Women and featured on the cover of of culture inaugural edition of the Hamptons, and “An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960 – 2018” in Galleries and Meadow. Next, guests made their way to the dazzling Mildred C. Brinn Terrace, where they encountered beautifully designed tables set under the sloping roof by architects Herzog and de Meuron. The sunset cast a dreamy backdrop of pinks, purples and oranges in the sky above as attendees indulged in a multi-course dinner created by Oliver Cheng Catering & Events. When the sky darkened, hanging lights and candles at every table set the tone for an auction hosted by Christie’s Vice President Sara Friedlander. Guests enthusiastically lifted their paddles in support of the Museum’s programs, exhibits and educational initiatives.
The event drew artists, art collectors, curators, philanthropists and business leaders from the Hamptons, New York and beyond. Participants included Leilah Babirye, Ugo Rondinone, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Carole Server, Notoya Green, Susan and Louis Meisel, Darius Yektai, Nicole Miller, Carey Lovelace, Stewart Lane, Mel Kendrick and David Granville Smith as well as the new Director of the Museum , Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut and Deputy Director Melanie Crader. Although Jasper Jones was unable to attend, Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut paid tribute to the artist and his comprehensive exhibits.
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