Joan Tisch and her sons Steve Tisch and Jonathan Tisch, and daughter Laurie Tisch were honored with MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award Tuesday afternoon, in recognition of their generosity and advocacy of the arts. Connie Chung and Maury Povich, Jo Carole Lauder and Thelma Golden were among those gathered for a luncheon in the museum’s lobby. The atmosphere was so reserved that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones slipped in nearly unnoticed.

“We’re dear friends of the Tisches, known the family for a long time,” said Douglas. “Just admire Joan Tisch so much and have known both Jon and Steven for years.”

MoMA trustee Marie Josee-Kravis acknowledged the family’s contribution to the museum as well as other cultural organizations around the city. “They’ve been great contributors in buying works of art and supporting our education programs,” she said. “Laurie Tisch supports the Center for Arts Education, they’ve supported the Met, NYU school of the arts. You could ask what would New York be without the Tisches and I think a lot of institutions would be different.” Or, as one guest saw it, “It’s good to be a Tisch in this room.”

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