More than 600 supporters of the Frick gathered on March 16 for the annual Young Fellows Ball, one of the most highly regarded and widely covered social events of the New York season. This year’s benefit—Turner by Moonlight—drew its theme from the museum’s special exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, on view through May 14. The benefit, in partnership with sponsor CAROLINA HERRERA, raised funds for programs at both the Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library.
Many Young Fellows and their guests dressed in shades of midnight blue and shimmering silver and gold, inspired by the evening’s theme. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served in the elegant Garden Court, and partygoers enjoyed dancing in the Music Room to tracks spun by DJ Allison Kinney. Guests of the ball enjoyed wine and Perrier-Jouët, and the evening’s specialty cocktails, Harbor at Dusk and Moonlight Punch, created with Absolut Elyx vodka.
The museum galleries were open throughout the evening. In addition to experiencing the Frick’s breathtaking permanent collection, guests could view Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, a major exhibition focusing on works by Joseph Mallord William Turner, nineteenth-century Britain’s greatest land- and seascape artist. The show brings together some thirty-five works from the 1810s through the late 1830s in oil, watercolor, and graphite that capture port cities in England, France, and Germany, as well as imagined scenes set in the ancient world. It unites for the first time the museum’s two paintings of Dieppe and Cologne with a closely related, yet unfinished, work from Tate Britain that depicts the modern harbor of Brest.