April 17 (Bloomberg) -- Thomas H. Lee, the private-equity manager, said he’d like to do more scuba diving.
Henry Cornell, who’s set to retire from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., wants to spend a month sailing with his family.
“My bucket list is not having a bucket list,” said Reed Krakoff, the designer and executive creative director of Coach Inc. Easy for a handbag designer to say -- the man has buckets.
The Whitney Museum of American Art awards dinner was held last night at Highline Stages, and Krakoff had donated five of his Reed Krakoff Track Totes, embellished by artists, for an auction during the evening.
Krakoff, an honoree, had decorated his with the initials of artists and the number of their works in the Whitney’s collection.
“I’m not an artist, so mine is more conceptual -- it’s somewhat of a puzzle,” he said, reaching inside the bag and pulling out a little gray booklet, the decoder. “Next to my initials is zero.”
His favorite painting in the collection: “Early Sunday Morning” by Edward Hopper.
“I have to get back to the Prado,” said gallery owner David Zwirner. “But you never pass through Madrid.”
“I’d like a retrospective occupying the entire building of the new Whitney,” said artist Marilyn Minter.
“I’m dying to go to Sicily,” said Adam Weinberg, the director of the Whitney. “I love ancient Roman architecture.”
Stein Erik Hagen, a Norwegian industrialist, said the South Pole is on his list.
Miami real-estate developer Martin Margulies, also honored, has a desire closer to home: “I’d like to watch the NBA playoffs, with the Miami Heat,” he said.
Vito Schnabel and siblings Rainer and Flavin Judd -- children of artist Donald Judd -- arrived. Waiters passed pigs in blankets. A bartender served cocktails made with D’Usse cognac.
Cornell ordered a glass of white wine, then filled in the details of his sailing trip. “It could be from North Africa to Turkey,” Cornell said. “A trip with no worries.”
Of scuba diving, Lee said “It’s unbelievable to be under the surface of the water, all you hear is your breathing. And then you see all these creatures, you can’t communicate with them but you can get close.”
Lucky for them, Riverkeeper Inc. was having a benefit down the street at Chelsea Piers, raising money to protect our waters. Lyle Lovett performed, drawing Glenn Close to her feet, swaying to the music.
Mark Ruffalo, who was honored for his anti-fracking work, ordered guests to hug and kiss. “No tongue, Sunrise, Robert,” he added, instructing his wife and Riverkeeper chief prosecuting attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The bucket list continued to fill.
“I wouldn’t mind doing a tow-in surfing,” Ruffalo said.
“I do want to go to Venice, and I need to have someone singing to me in a gondola,” the actress Cheryl Hines said.
“My friend is a professor of Tibetan Buddhism,” actress Maggie Gyllenhaal said. “We’ve always said we’d take our daughters to Tibet.”
James Prosek, whose documentary on freshwater eels will air tonight on the PBS series “Nature,” said he’d just like time to “process the experiences I have in nature.”
He added: “If we were all good stewards, we’d be in a much better place.”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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