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Whitney Gala & Studio Party Sponsored by Versace



Photos Courtesy of Versace


Donatella Versace Donatella Versace and Jet Li

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace and Jet Li


Jennifer Hudson Lake Bell

Jennifer Hudson

Lake Bell

Liz Swig Mamie Gumer

Liz Swig

Mamie Gumer

Mischa Barton Shakira

Mischa Barton


Taylor Momsen Gerard Butler

Taylor Momsen

Gerard Butler




New York, NY (October 20, 2009)—More than 1,000 prominent members in the art, fashion, media, business and corporate communities turned out last night in support of The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Gala and Studio Party sponsored by Versace. Chaired by Penelope Cruz, Liz Swig and Donatella Versace with a special guest performance by Jennifer Hudson, the evening was filled with high fashion and contemporary art.


In support of the arts and in addition to sponsoring the Gala, Versace has partnered with the Starlight Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting seriously ill children and their families in the US, and the One Foundation in China, which is committed to the long-term recovery of the areas devastated by last year's earthquakes in the Sichuan province, funding and operating two Versace One Foundation children’s centers with schooling, psychological therapy, and post-trauma counseling for over 1200, through creative visual arts an essential form of relief.


After having cocktails in the Robert J. Hurst Family Gallery, guests ascended to the Emily Fisher Landau Galleries for a three-course dinner catered by Creative Edge Parties Guests enjoyed a special tribute to Honoree, Leonard Lauder, and a spectacular performance by Jennifer Hudson in which she performed, “And I am Telling You” and “Giving Myself Over to You”


Notable guests in attendance included:


Celebrities and Artists:

Shakira, Taylor Momsen, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Hudson, Mischa Barton, Mamie Gummer, Jet Li, Lake Bell, Ben Walker, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Pat Steir, Claes Oldenburg, Terry Winters, Glenn Ligon, Omer Fast, Ellen Phelan, Joel Shapiro, Mark Fox, Will Cotton, Leo Villareal, David Salle, Tom Sachs, Cindy Sherman, Roni Horn, Ellsworth Kelly, Julian Lethbridge, Brice and Helen Marden, Fred Wilson, Whitfield Lovell



Director Adam D. Weinberg; Robert Hurst and Brooke Garber Neidich (Board Co-Chairs); Officers Neil Bluhm (Board President), Trustees Steven Ames, Anne Dias Griffin, Warren Kanders, Tom Tuff and Liz Swig.        


Other notable guests include:

Allegra Versace Beck, Evelyn Lauder, Soledad DeLeon Hurst, Melva Bucksbaum, Joanne Cassullo, Lauren Santo Domingo, Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros, Henry Cornell, Richard DeMartini, Beth DeWoody, Joel Ehrenkranz, Phil Geier, Sondra Gilman, Andrea and Marc Glimcher, Thelma Golden, Jim Gordon, George Kaufman, Emily Fisher Landau, Ray Learsy, Jonathan Lee, Laurie Tisch, Julie Macklowe, Gil Maurer, Eric Mindich, John Phelan, Amy Phelan, Lisa Phillips, Scott Resnick, Donna Rosen, Wilbur Ross, Celerie Kemble, Paul Schorr IV, Fern Tessler, Flora Miller Biddle, Andrew Tisch, Cathy Black, Frank Bennack, Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Donald and Catherine Marron, Candice Bergen, Marshall Rose, Carol Vogel, Dodie Kazanjian/Calvin Tomkins, David Byrne, Richard Meier, Howard and Amy Rubenstein, Michael Ward Stout, Allison Kanders, Anne Bass, Hilary Geary Ross and Shirin von Wulffen


The Studio Party, hosted by the Artists Council, a group of the Whitney’s young patrons and collectors, began at 9pm in the Lower Gallery with cocktails, dancing and

special guest DJ performance by Taylor Momsen. 


Notable guests in attendance included:

Lindsay Lohan, Genevieve Jones, Alexa Chung, Dan Abrams, Lisa M. Anastos, Byrdie Bell, Fabiola Beracasa, Stephanie LaCava, Charlotte Ronson, Hana Soukopova, Harley Viera Newton, Georgina Bloomberg, Hayley Bloomingdale, Robert Burke, Leigh Lezark, Annie S. Churchill, Kipton Cronkite, Martin Dawson, Moises de la Renta, Lauren DuPont, Lydia Fenet, Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui, Zani Gugelmann, Amanda Hearst, Chanel Iman, Patricia J. Kim, Tina Langley, Marilyn Minter, Dalia Oberlander, Lauren Remmington Platt, Jason Pomeranc, Alexandra Richards, Cynthia Rowley, Behnaz Sarafpour, Allison Sarofim, Dani Stahl, Ferebee Bishop Taube, David K. Wassong, Timothy R. Weiland, Arden Wohl, Karla Martinez, Ellen Harvey, Serena Nikkhah, Jane Keltner, Andrew Bevan, Ana Maria Pimental and Eleanor Ylvisaker.


The Whitney’s annual Gala supports the museum’s ongoing exhibition and educational programming.  The Gala is the most visible and prominent of the museum’s fundraising efforts, providing the essential funds needed to support the latest achievements of emerging artists as well as American masters.


The Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art is the home of the world’s preeminent collection of American art. Founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the institution has remained committed to its mission of supporting living American artists.  Through its Permanent Collection, traveling exhibitions, world-renowned Biennials and innovative educational programs, the Whitney facilitates exploration of the richness of American art and culture throughout the world.



Gianni Versace SpA is one of the leading international fashion design houses and a symbol of Italian luxury worldwide.  It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including Atelier, prêt-a-porter, accessories, jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrances, and home furnishings all bearing the distinctive Medusa logo.


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