Thursday, April 3, 2014

30th Anniversary Gala for Works & Process at the Guggenheim

This amazing balloon chandelier hung from the ceiling in the rotunda at the Guggenheim.  

Last night in Manhattan, Mat and I attended the Works & Process 30th Anniversary celebration which honored Mary Sharp Cronson. Prior to the dinner, we were entertained by music and dance including dancers from New York City Ballet.  The pieces and costumes were truly magical.  I have so much admiration for Mary's devotion to the arts and especially for her ongoing commitment to commissioning new works.  A film outlining her ideas and collaborations with artists over the 30 years such as Bob Wilson was funny and inspiring.

We had a wonderful time with our hosts -- Adam and Olivia Flatto (we toasted Adam's birthday last night) and loved seeing our old friends Nicolas Mirzayantz & his beautiful wife Alexandra of Greece.  Nicolas and I had more than a few laughs recalling our work together which began over 18 years ago when I joined IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances).  It is hard to believe we have aged that much and he was as funny and charming as ever! 

As we entered the rotunda for dinner, an enormous chandelier made entirely from balloons hung down from the ceiling.  It was nothing short of amazing. The artist sat at our table and said it took over a week to construct in different panels and weighed just over 27 pounds!  It was transported to the museum by a truck and took 28 people to assemble. Wow!  He is commissioned to do these unusual works all over the world and it certainly was the topic of conversation.  

For more photos of the event,  check out Patrick McMullan Photos

Have a great day.  

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