ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

From museums to dance companies to individual artists, the arts have been in focus in New York in recent days.
As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the Museum of Natural History hosted a Family Party amid many of its exhibits.
"It's great. It reminds you of the first time you came here and discovered all these things," said Peter Gallagher, who was strolling through the museum with his wife, Paula, and son, Jamey.
A few days later, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation gave a luncheon in Philip Johnson's honor at the Plaza hotel. Sid and Mercedes Bass, Grace Dudley, Duane Hampton and Larry Gagosian were among those who joined chairs Barbaralee Diamondstein-Spielvogel, I.M. Pei and Donald Trump. While there were plenty of toasts, Christopher Mason gave his in song: He performed a Cole Porteresque ditty that recounted Johnson's long career.
Most of the women wore pants to the Whitney Museum gala a few nights later. But it wasn't just a fashion coincidence. The invitation had urged them to wear their most elegant evening pants--in the "glamorous bohemian" style of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Catherine Ross, Evelyn Lauder and June Gumbel were among those who obliged.
On Tuesday, fans of Lady Emma Tennant's botanical watercolors poured into Ursus Books and Prints for a showing of Tennant's work. The exhibit, which will benefit the Royal Oak Foundation, is her first in the U.S.
Down at the Manhattan Center Ballroom, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was honored by the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the school's fall gala. "You know, what's going on here tonight is really about much more than dance," said André Balazs. "It's about motivation and possibility and discipline."
For Lily Whitall, the evening was about a fairly elegant birthday.
"She's 14 today," said her mother, Elizabeth Johnson, "but she looks 22 tonight."
Patty Cisneros's children were with her Tuesday as well. Up at the Plaza, Cisneros was honored, along with Jock Soto and Rita Moreno, by Casita Maria.

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