The social set out east had their calendars busy Saturday night. In Water Mill, NY, the Parrish Art Museum was throwing its annual Midsummer Party at its gleaming venue off Montauk Highway.
Lisa Perry, Nicole Miller, Eric Fischl and Robert Wilson, whose own benefit for the Watermill Center is coming up in late July, were flitting about the museum taking in works by Tara Donovan and Chuck Close, whose retrospective is ending on July 26.
“I love the Chuck Close portraits. They really sort of get under the skin,” said English artist Malcolm Morley, whose own work hangs in the museum’s collection. Close himself, on the other hand, was nowhere to be found.
It was the museum’s third year in the new space designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and Donovan, anyway, approved.
“One of the most unique things is there really is no artificial lighting. And my work is really affected by shifting light and patterns as the viewer walks around the work, so it’s a really nice pairing,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bridgehampton played host to a more charitable cause: the 11th annual, St. John-sponsored Hamptons Happening to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
Between bidding on auction items such as a signed Michael Jordan jersey and a chartered yacht, guests made the rounds at tables featuring meals by chefs from New York’s Le Cirque and The Lion.
“We always do a big gala, but we felt that a lot of people we know are in the Hamptons in the summertime and this would be a great opportunity to cultivate the area,” said event cofounder Marion Waxman.
With Bobby Zarin as one of the honorees — the financier Marc Leder was the other — the ladies of reality TV were out in force — Zarin’s wife, Jill, and Kelly Bensimon, of “The Real Housewives of New York City” fame, plus Dina Lohan, mother of Lindsay.
Perched at her own table, Ruth Finley, a member of the evening’s committee, looked out of place.