As June ushered in warmer weather in New York City, guests at two garden-themed events left layers at home and wore their best florals.
On June 1, the New York Botanical Garden hosted its annual Conservatory Ball. Guests, who were driven in golf carts to the plaza outside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, mingled over drinks, surrounded by glittery vulture sculptures that were part of the artist Ebony G. Patterson’s new installation at the garden. After cocktails, attendees made their way into the conservatory for dinner and dancing. The ball raised more than $1.3 million, according to organizers, and the guest list included Sigourney Weaver, a chair of the event.
A few days later, on June 6, under a haze of wildfire smoke, the Museum of Modern Art hosted a “Party in the Garden,” honoring the artists Barbara Chase-Riboud and Ed Ruscha as well as Marlene Hess, a board vice chair of MoMA, and Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation. Artists, philanthropists and curators sipped drinks in the museum’s sculpture garden. After dinner, attendees danced to performances by MUNA, Romy, and Coco & Breezy.
New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Ball
“It wasn’t enough just to have flowers. I had to have a whole landscape. You see, I’ve got pigs and farmhouses here, along with the flowers.” — Amy Fine Collins
“A lot of women wear these beautiful dresses, which is great. But I always think, because we’re wandering around looking at vultures, etc., that it’s nice to be in pants. I’d always rather be in pants.” — Sigourney Weaver
“Today was kind of a rough day, so I needed some color to help lift me up, give me that energy.” — Lamont Wray
MoMA’s Party in the Garden
“I tried on some black shoes, and it wasn’t quite right. So I saw the Crocs, and I never wear the Crocs either, and I was like, let’s do it.” — Michael Chuapoco
“I’ve realized that now, at my age, I wear exactly what I wore in high school. Pants and a shirt.” — Steve Martin
“The invitation says be festive. Last year, when I came, that meant a lot of color. And this year, I thought, oh, I don’t want to do the same thing. Let me try something else.” — Accra Shepp
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