Turner by Moonlight.
It all starts at the Frick Collection’s luminous entrance, an elegant room right before the museum’s central garden, where guests gathered for the night’s special celebration. The annual Young Fellows Ball held on March the 16th, marked its 18th anniversary of taste and respect in fine art.
In partnership with Carolina Herrera ‘Turner by Moonlight’ extended gracefulness, it drew its theme from the special exhibition ‘Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time” where hues of dim blues and light greys illustrated a state of mind of an extended imagination other than your own.
It wasn’t just the colors in its lights and fine art, but also in the guests attire. Stylish ladies such as Rickie De Sole, Emmy Rossum and Casey Kohlerg wore modern gowns that were able to contrast the classical theme with extravagant colors such as bright reds, teals and golds.
The best part of it all was the energy transmitted from one space to the other. In every corner of the museum you encountered guests smiling at cameras, gazing at canvases, laughing with one another. I even got to see creative director Wes Gordon happily gazing at these classical paintings as well. Truthfully though, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres endorsed these happy moods.
In face of it all, the Young Fellows Ball has a cause. The event proceeds to be a strong support for museum programs such as those in the education department which serve New York City’s public schools as well as the Frick Art Reference Library.
It really is astonishing when these emotions and purposes come together under one roof - all in one single night. Its dialogue speaks volumes, it gives importance to its ying and its yang, it being, its art vs nature, excellence vs unevenness, pleasure vs responsibility.
It all sounds promising.
Image courtesy of the BFA.