Adam Sender, general partner and founder of Exis Capital Management Inc., threw a birthday party for his daughter on Saturday.
“It was low-key,” Sender reported that night from his table at the Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party.
Nearby, Doug Polley, portfolio manager at P Schoenfeld Asset Management LP, said he too had spent the day playing with his kids.
Sender and Polley represent new talent on the museum’s board. Both are helping the museum prepare for its new home designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
“It’s an easy pitch,” Polley said of his fundraising efforts as board co-chairman. “We have a big building going up to go look at.”
This new complex, on 14 acres in Watermill, New York, is set to be finished in 2012.
Until then, the Parrish remains in its old digs in downtown Southampton, which is just fine by artist Dorothea Rockburne.
“I chose to be the closing exhibition in the old space rather than the opening exhibition in the new space,” said Rockburne of her retrospective on view through Aug. 14. “The old is big and yet it’s intimate.”
The party had an intimate feel, with lots of people willing to share what they’d done earlier in the day.
Dorothy Lichtenstein, widow of the artist Roy Lichtenstein, said she left her houseguest, Christy MacLear, head of the Rauschenberg Foundation, to visit her sick dog Peanut, a Bouvier with black curly hair.
Pia Lindstrom said she taught a little girl how to swim. Her husband, attorney Jack Carley, played tennis, weeded and watched Yankee Derek Jeter take his 3,000th hit.
Rockburne spent the day with her hostess, Barbara Grodd, whose family owns Paul Stuart.
“We sat around and swam and we ate marvelous corn and fresh asparagus,” Grodd said. “We laughed a lot.”
Bella in Berkshires
The Boston Symphony Orchestra arrived at Tanglewood Friday with an Italian program (Bellini, Rossini, Verdi, Respighi) and supper (frittata, bistecca, ravioli, cannoli).
Gathered in the Berkshire hills of Lenox, Massachusetts, were 400 gala guests who weren’t speaking Italian.
They included the orchestra’s co-chairman, Stephen B. Kay, a senior director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; Robert Grien, managing director of TM Capital Corp.; Michael Judlowe, managing director at Jefferies & Co. Inc. and trustee Michael Gordon, chief investment officer at Angelo Gordon & Co.
Gordon and his wife, Sally, made a $25,000 contribution to the gala, which raised $330,000 in total.
“Here’s the thing,” Gordon said at his dinner table, decorated with very Tuscan sunflowers, artichokes, lemons and rosemary. “When you give money to an organization you want to make sure they’re spending it wisely.”
Gordon gives “to the BSO because it is really well run,” he said. “It all comes down to management and people. The people here are smarter than most.”
They were smart enough not to get grumpy about the evening’s rainstorms, humidity and mud.
“We’re used to it,” Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Owen Young said. “We play with whatever we’re given.”
“I don’t wish it were something other than what it is,” said choreographer Mark Morris after dinner on his way to the concert.
In the Koussevitzky Shed, the Tuscan sun came out. Soprano Angela Meade and tenor Roberto De Biasio were wonderful, expressive singers. Conductor Charles Dutoit led the orchestra though Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” accompanied by a recording of a nightingale. It was a bella “La Prima di Tanglewood.” The season runs through Aug. 28.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)