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Parrish Art Museum's 2015 Midsummer Party


Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan, Fred Seegal, and H. Peter Haveles at the Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party 2015. Photo by Joe Schildhorn/


Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan, Fred Seegal, and H. Peter Haveles at the Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party 2015. Photo by Joe Schildhorn/






Parrish Art Museum

Director, Terrie Sultan



A summer highlight, the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Midsummer Party in Water Mill, NY is a festive social gathering of art collectors, artists, socialites, entertainers, philanthropists, and business leaders from the Hamptons and beyond. The elegant affair was attended by approximately 1,000 guests who enjoyed the party and the Museum’s current exhibitions of world-class artwork, including Chuck Close’s photographs, Tara Donovan’s new site-responsive sculptures, and a selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection.



Distinguished Guests:

Mrs. Veronica Atkins

Henri Barguirdjian

Douglas Baxter

Patricia Birch Becker

Cee Scott Brown

Zarah Burstein

Liliana Casabal

Pamela J. Cohen

Florence Fabricant

Susan de França

Mary and Howard Frank

Gale & Ira Drukier

Julian R. Ellison

Madeline & Thomas Elghanayan

Whitney Fairchild

Helene & Ziel Feldman

Andrea Glimcher

Marc Glimcher & Fairfax Dorn

Barbara Goldsmith

H. Peter Haveles Jr.

Dorothy Herman

Philip Hilal

Caroline Hirsch

Anne Huntington

Tony Ingrao & Randy Kemper

Lisa Jackson

Michael Klug

Nicholas Korniloff

Barbara & Richard Lane

Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane

Chad A. Leat

Howard Lorber

Susan & Louis Meisel

Nicole Miller

Allison Morrow

Kathy Murphy

Mary Kathryn & Alex Navab

James Nederlander & Margo MacNabb


Inga Maren Otto

Liliane & Norman L. Peck

Sandy & Stephen Perlbinder

Lisa Perry

Michèle & Steve Pesner

Tatiana & Campion Platt

Douglas Polley

Polina Proshkina

Hala & James Salomon

Robin & Fred Seegal

Jean & Martin Shafiroff

Barbara J. Slifka

Marcia Dunn Sobel & Jonathan Sobel

Susan & Peter J. Solomon

Alexandra Stanton & Sam Natapoff

Andrew Sugrue

Abby Terkuhle & Eva Faye

Fern & Lenard Tessler

Jane & David Walentas

David Wassong & Cynthia Clift

Ron Wendt

Arthur Zeckendorf



Alice Aycock

Louisa Chase

Tara Donovan

Jules Feiffer

Eric Fischl

Connie Fox

April Gornik

Bryan Hunt

Mel Kendrick

Steven Ladd

William Ladd

Donald Lipski

Malcolm Morley

Dan Rizzie

Dorothea Rockburne

Alexis Rockman

Toni Ross

Hope Sandrow

Keith Sonnier

Michelle Stuart

Billy Sullivan

Donald Sultan

John Torreano

Jack A. Youngerman

Robert Wilson

Joe Zucker



Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY



6:30 pm—Cocktails

7:30 pm—Dinner

10:00 pm–1:00 am—After Ten Party (Dancing and Dessert)



Olivier Cheng Catering & Events



Ron Wendt Design presented the 2015 Midsummer Party’s décor, inspired by Chuck Close's "Anthurium" and "Chrysanthemum" photographs. Ron Wendt Design dramatically contrasted sharp acid green tablecloths with the black wood paneled walls of the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace, where equally dramatic chartreuse stems of Midori anthurium and Fuji chrysanthemum flowers populated the tables, sprouting from an eclectic and fun ensemble of green tinted bottles and vases. Overhead, bands of greenery inset into the terrace's structural I-Beams popped with bands of bright green rope lighting, highlighting the architecture, while day-glo green cording will zigzag across the ceiling in phosphorescent green illuminated patterns. 



New York-based Coleman Music



Thirty classic cars from presenting sponsor Grand Prix Café (GPC) were displayed on the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Foundation Event Lawn in two lit seating areas. The vehicles, from the personal collection Julian Ellison, founder and chairman of, ranged from an unrestored 1967 Astin Martin DB6 Vantage RHD, to a meticulously restored Vintage Jaguar E-type series and a 1982 Porsche Targa SC in Arrow Blue—a rare color for a Porsche. Guests were invited to sit in both the restored and unrestored cars.




Chuck Close Photographs (May 10 – July 26, 2015)

This comprehensive survey explores how Chuck Close—perhaps one of the most important figures in contemporary art—has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches. Chuck Close Photographs delves into the full range of his photographic works, presenting nearly 90 images spanning 1968 to the present, ranging from straightforward black and white portraits to monumentally scaled, composite Polaroids to the intimately scaled daguerreotypes.


Platform: Tara Donovan (July 4 – October 12, 2015)

As the Parrish’s 2015 Platform artist, Tara Donovan developed a new installation that relates to the space, context, and environmental conditions of the Museum. Donovan creates large-scale installations and sculptures made from everyday objects. Known for her commitment to process, she discovers the inherent physical properties of a material and transforms it into art. In Donovan’s hands, accumulated objects such as drinking straws, pins, toothpicks, index cards, or wire springs take on forms that appear geological, biological, or otherwise naturally occurring.

The Permanent Collection: Art. Illuminated. (Through November 2015)

The third installation of the Museum’s permanent collection in its Water Mill home presents a series of highly focused exhibitions that can be enjoyed individually and, when taken together, provide a fresh context and overview of the key ideas and impulses that inspire the creative process. The exhibition features recent acquisitions, and new perspectives on traditional themes including landscape, portraiture, nontraditional materials and techniques, and still life.

The Parrish Art Museum is grateful for the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Grand Prix Café. Additional support has been received from Participating Sponsors ArtSouthampton; and ArtElliman by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing.

Chuck Close Photographs is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Lannan Foundation; Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation; Louise and Leonard Riggio; The Muriel F. Siebert Foundation; Pace Gallery, New York; Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman; Jennifer Rice and Michael Forman; Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Joseph M. Cohen; Andrea Krantz and Harvey Sawikin; Gretchen and Andrew McFarland; Arthur Loeb Foundation; and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Platform: Tara Donovan is made possible, in part, by the generous support of PHILLIPS; Pace Gallery, New York; Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman; Linda Hackett/ CAL Foundation; Marcia and Jonathan Sobel; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; and The Barbara Lee Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Friends of Linda Fischbach in her honor.

The Permanent Collection: Art. Illuminated. is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Maren Otto, the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Linda and Gregory Fischbach, Christopher Harland and Ashley Leeds, Calvin Klein Family Foundation, Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, and Galerie Lelong. The Museum’s programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.





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