On October 21, 2019, The Frick Collection hosted its annual Autumn Dinner. This year’s event honored Stephen A. Schwarzman, a steadfast friend of the Frick and a longtime supporter of the institution.
As the evening began, guests enjoyed Ferrari Trento sparkling wine during the cocktail reception in the 1935 neoclassical Garden Court and explored the former Gilded Age residence of Henry Clay Frick.
A formal sit-down dinner in a series of contiguous, dramatically lit galleries was the highlight of an unforgettable evening evocative of one of the great society dinners of Gilded Age New York. Banquet tables ran the length of the mansion’s West Gallery, where guests dined among works by Vermeer and Rembrandt. Those seated in the more intimate Oval Room found their round tables surrounded by works by Manet featured in the current special exhibition. Guests who were seated in the Library Gallery, a first for this event, dined among paintings by Turner, Constable, Gainsborough and others.
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. After the main course, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper toasted Schwarzman. Wardropper then presented him with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co.
For more information about the Autumn Dinner or other events at the Frick, please contact Colleen Tierney at 212-547-0705.