Annual Autumn Dinner at The Frick Honoring Stephen A.Schwarzman

The Autumn Dinner is the most anticipated event of the gala season in New York. It takes an important place on social and fundraising calendar of significant philanthropists and supporters of the valuable Frick Collection. It is always an early sell-out because of the unique experience of a sit-down dinner held in the museum’s monumental picture galleries, surrounded by masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.

Christine Schwarzman and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman
photo: Christine A. Butler

This year’s festive black-tie evening, held at the elegant Frick mansion honored Stephen A. Schwarzman, a trustee of the Frick since 2005. Schwarzman has been a loyal supporter of all aspects of the institution’s initiatives, including a match of donations made to the Annual Fund for the last three years.

Guests in the Library Gallery photo: Christine A. Butler

Proceeds from the event will help support the full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives, and the Frick Art Reference Library. Each year the dinner raises more than $1,000,000.

Lee and Chloë Rubenstein, Benefit Committee Member Paul Arnhold and Melissa Gokhvat photo:Angela Pham/

The evening started with a cocktail reception in the breathtaking 1935 neoclassical Garden Court where guests explored the former Gilded Age residence of Henry Clay Frick and his remarkable collection, including masterpieces by Bellini, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Goya, Holbein, Ingres, Rembrandt, Turner, Velázquez, and Vermeer, among others, and French eighteenth-century furniture and Italian Renaissance bronzes. Also on view were the Frick’s current special exhibitions, Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence, Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum, and Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection.

Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard
photo: Christine A. Butler

Guests proceeded to dramatically lit galleries for an evening evocative of one of the great society dinners of Gilded Age New York.
Frick Chairman Betty Eveillard welcomed everyone from the podium in the West Gallery, and thanked guests for their generous support of the Frick and for joining the museum in celebrating the evening’s honoree, Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Younghee-Kim Wait and Trustee Christian Keesee photo: Christine A. Butler

Later in the evening Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper toasted Schwarzman when he was presented with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co.

Laura Webb, M. Mercedes de Guardiola, and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher
photo: George Koelle
Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, Benefit Chairman Jean-Marie Eveillard, and
Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard
photo: Angela Pham/
Benefit Committee Chairman and Trustee Margot Bogert and Madeline Bogert
photo: Angela Pham/
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman
photo: Angela Pham/
Bridgitte Young and Benefit Committee Member Blaike Young
photo: Angela Pham/
Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, Benefit Committee Member Paul Arnhold, and
Trustee and Benefit Committee Member Ayesha Bulchandani
photo: Angela Pham/
Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon and Assistant Director for Communications & Marketing Alexis Light
photo: Angela Pham/
Brian Drost, Elise Taylor, Laurence R. Milstein
photo: Angela Pham/
Benefit Committee Members Donald and Barbara Tober
photo: Christine A. Butler
Lauren Sanchez, Stefanía Hrönn Guðrúnardóttir, Kathryn Kerns, Benefit Chairman Casey Kohlberg,Nora Boyd, Charlotte Greenough, and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher
photo: Christine A. Butler
Eiko S. Assael
photo: Christine A. Butler
Stephanie Maida
Katherine G. Reibel and Brooke Lampley
photo: Angela Pham/
Benefit Committee Members Julia Arnhold and Lane Gerson
photo: Christine A. Butler
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing Heidi Rosenau
photo: Christine A. Butler
Assistant Director for Communications & Marketing Alexis Light, Associate Director for
Individual Giving Karaugh Brown, Laura Webb, and Charlotte Greenough
photo: Angela Pham/
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