The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill brought out socialites, philanthropists, artists and young, hip patrons to its Midsummer dance and dinner this weekend.
Well-heeled guests were able to see an exhibit of Jasper Johns prints, dating from 1960 – 2018, and “Set It Off,” a collection of art curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, also known as Deux Femmes Noires.
Thomas tells us she was tapped in February and that the pair were able to bring together artists quickly using, “a long list that we’ve had over the years.”
She said, “What I enjoy most is giving a platform to artists, specifically women and people of color who regularly don’t have these opportunities. It was one reason why when it was offered to me, I couldn’t say no.”
Artists Leilah Babirye, Torkwase Dyson, February James, Karyn Olivier, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Kennedy Yanko are included in the exhibit.
Friday’s dance — DJ’d by Oscar Nñ of Papi Juice and chaired by Larry Milstein and Destinee Ross-Sutton — drew a young crowd on the dance floor including Vogue’s Elise Taylor, Michael Cohen’s daughter Samantha and Serena Bancroft.
The swank Saturday dinner was co-chaired by socialite Debbie Bancroft, Preston T. Phillips and George Wells.
Art collector and philanthropist Miyoung Lee, socialite Stacey Engman (wearing a sash that read “Art Royalty”), Mary Snow, Jean Shafiroff, and artist Ugo Rondinone attended.
Christie’s deputy chairperson Sara Friedlander had guests raising their paddles to donate to the museum, raising funds for programs and educational initiatives.