In honor of Spring’s arrival, what could be a better time to celebrate the publication of a new Aperture title, “The Photographer in the Garden”? Held at the Public Hotel on the Lower East Side, event hosts Martha Stewart, Ginger and Stephen Shore, and Sarah Anne McNear were delighted to kick off Aperture’s fourth annual Spring Party with cocktails, dinner, and a live auction with works by Sharon Core, Tina Barney and Daniel Gordon. Aperture Board Chair, Cathy Kaplan and Executive Director, Chris Boot warmly welcomed everyone, and gave thanks for their continued support of Aperture’s work.
This year’s theme was inspired by “The Photographer in the Garden”, which was recently co-published by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum on April 5th. The book explores the complex relationship between photography and nature by taking a deeper look at the symbolism behind specific plants and flowers, the changing of the seasons, and the creative minds behind famous gardens, Versailles and Giverny. Inside you will find the work of photographers from all eras, including Anna Atkins, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Stephen Shore, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Collier Schorr.
At 9:00 PM, the official after party started to bloom with sets by Alix Brown and a performance by Zsela. Sipping on vodka cocktails with a hint of cucumber, party goers hit the dance floor appropriately decked out in bright colors and flowy dresses.
Notable guests included renowned gallerist Yancey Richardson and photographers Tina Barney, Dawoud Bey, Sharon Core, Daniel Gordon and Lindsey McCrum; Andrea Avack, president of Chanel Foundation and her husband, Garbielle D’Avack; Darius Himes, Head of the Photography Department at Christies; international photographer and philanthropist, Judy Glickman with her husband, Leonard Lauder, and many more.
Chris Boot, Susan Gutfreund, Sarah Anne McNear, and Tony White. Photographed by Michelle Kim for Aperture.
Zsela Thompson. Photograph courtesy of Patrick McMullan.
Cathy Kaplan and Darius Himes. Photograph courtesy Patrick McMullan.
Alex Berggruen and Martha Stewart. Photograph courtesy of Aperture.
Elizabeth Kahane, Dawoud Bey, and Yancey Richardson. Photograph courtesy of Patrick McMullan.
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Writer, Cultbytes PR specialist. Alexandra Israel graduated from Bates College in 2010. A museum aficionado since her introduction to Jean Dominque Ingres' portraits as a small child, she enjoys spending her free time at museums and finding off-the-beaten-track gallery shows. Israel has been working in PR for over seven years, primarily within book publishing and in the art world. She has held positions at Penguin Book Group, Aperture Foundation, and Third Eye among others. l igram l