Socialites and collectors attend Parrish Art Museum parties

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill brought socialites, philanthropists, artists and young, hip patrons to its midsummer dance and dinner this weekend.

Affluent guests could see an exhibition of Jasper Johns prints, dating from 1960 – 2018, and “Set It Off”, an art collection curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, aka Deux Femmes Noires.

Thomas tells us she was tapped in February and the pair were able to quickly bring artists together using “a long list we’ve had over the years.”

She said: “What I enjoy most is providing a platform for artists, especially women and people of color who regularly don’t have these opportunities. It was one of the reasons I couldn’t say no when it was offered to me.”

Artists Leilah Babirye, Torkwase Dyson, February James, Karyn Olivier, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Kennedy Yanko are featured in the exhibition.

Carole Server, Mickalene Thomas, Mónica Ramirez-Montagut
Thomas, seen here with Carole Server and Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, curated an exhibition with Racquel Chevremont.
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The dance on Friday — DJ’d by Oscar Nñ of Papi Juice and chaired by Larry Milstein and Destinee Ross-Sutton — drew a young crowd to the dance floor, including Vogue’s Elise Taylor, Michael Cohen’s daughter Samantha and Serena Bancroft.

The chic Saturday dinner was co-chaired by socialite Debbie Bancroft, Preston T. Phillips and George Wells.

Art collector and philanthropist Miyoung Lee, socialite Stacey Engman (wearing a sash marked “Art Royalty”), Mary Snow, Jean Shafiroff and artist Ugo Rondinone were in attendance.

Debbie Bancroft, Serena Bancroft
Socialite Debbie Bancroft co-chaired the dinner, while her daughter Serena helped bring people to the dance.
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Christie’s Deputy Chair Sara Friedlander had guests lift their paddles to donate to the museum, raising money for programs and educational initiatives.

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