GUILD HALL’S 2019 SUMMER GALA
Celebrating the artist Ugo Rondinone
During a Preview of the Exhibition Ugo Rondinone:
and Honoring Long-time Trustee Michael Lynne in Memoriam
Friday, August 9, 2019
The 2019 Guild Hall Summer Gala has taken the theme of the sun for an uplifting event that will celebrate artist Ugo Rondinone and his exhibition Ugo Rondinone: Sunny Days (August 10–October 14). The Host Committee includes Brooke Shields, Julianne Moore, Katie Lee, and Vito Schnabel and Artist Committee members are Laurie Anderson, Eric Fischl, April G
ornik, Mary Heilmann, Tony Oursler and Cindy Sherman. Celebrated author and Andy Warhol collaborator Bob Colacello will be the master of ceremonies. Adding to the significance of the evening, Guild Hall will honor long-time trustee and renowned film producer, Michael Lynne in memoriam.
Guild Hall’s Summer Gala attendees will be the first to experience Sunny Days, a special exhibition by the renowned New York-based, Swiss-born artist, Ugo Rondinone. The exhibit features some never-before-seen works by the artist, including sun-themed sculpture and paintings, as well as a community art collaboration with area school children. The celebration continues with a specially commissioned performance by the Suffolk Symphonic Choir of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, and an elegant farm fresh dinner by the Art of Eating at neighboring Mulford Farm, a beautiful historic property carefully stewarded by Guild Hall’s fellow Hamptons Arts Network member, East Hampton Historical Society. The night continues with an after-party fueled by creative cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing with music by Mia Moretti, a fashion industry favorite whose clients include Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton.
An art exhibition inspired by the sun, children’s voices, and an exuberant cocktail hour and dinner, fill this evening with light and optimism. Further, the Guild Hall Summer Gala is the institution’s largest annual fundraiser and brings in critical support to fund year-round operations.
Michael Lynne, honoree in memoriam:
A beloved and vital Trustee for over 25 years, Michael Lynne served as Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Museum Committee at Guild Hall. He was the guiding force behind the transformation of the Museum program to one of national significance that included one-person exhibitions by artists like Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. Among his diverse talents, Michael was a contemporary art connoisseur who served on the Board of the Museum of Modern Art, a film producer celebrated for his bold leadership at New Line Cinema which culminated in the Lord of the RIngs trilogy, and an advocate of Long Island wines who, as the proprietor of Bedell Cellars, raised the wine region’s profile. Through his many successes, Michael was first and foremost a friend and champion of artists. His devotion to Guild Hall propelled the institution to new heights.
Ugo Rondione, exhibition artist:
Ugo Rondinone (born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland) is a renowned mixed-media artist who lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include, the world just makes me laugh at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; good evening beautiful blue at Bass Museum of Art, Miami; your age my age and the age of the rainbow, The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; let’s start this day again, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; every time the sun comes up, Place Vendome, Paris; girono d’oro + notti d’
argento, Mercati die Traiano, Rome; seven magic mountains, Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art/Desert of Nevada; vocabulary of solitude, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, I ♥ John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, which in 2017 expanded to 13 venues across New York City. Rondinone’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others.
Bob Colacello, emcee:
Bob Colacello was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. He graduated Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1969, and Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts in 1971. By then, he had been hired to run Andy Warhol’s new magazine, Interview, a job he held for 13 years, becoming one of the artist’s closest creative collaborators. His memoir of that period, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Up Close, has been widely acclaimed as the best book on the so-called “Pope of Pop.” From 1984 to 2017, Colacello was under exclusive contract to Vanity Fair, writing profiles and investigative pieces on cultural, social, and political subjects. In 2004, he published the first of a two-volume biography of the Reagans, Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House. He is currently writing the second volume on the White House years and afterward. In 2016, he curated his first art show at the Vito Schnabel Gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Tables of 10 range from at $5,000 to $35,000. Our most exclusive Diamond Table includes premium seating, a listing in the evening program, reserved parking, and a multiple created by the artist for Guild Hall.
Individual Patron Tickets: $1,400
Individual Young Patron Tickets: $500
Individual After-Party Patron Tickets: $250
Individual After-Party Young Patron Tickets: $150
Contemporaries Circle members receive a complimentary ticket to see the exhibition preview and join us for either cocktails or the after-party at the event site. Become a member today https://www.guildhall.
Tickets and journal ads can be purchased online or by calling the Special Events Department at 631-324-0806, ext. 14 or 20. guildhall.org
5pm Exhibition Preview of Ugo Rondinone: Sunny Days
6:30pm Cocktails at Mulford Farm
7:30pm Dinner and Program
Lead Sponsor: JP Morgan
Supporting Sponsor: Sotheby’s
Media Sponsor: Hamptons Magazine
Ugo Rondinone: Sunny Days
Lead Sponsors: Dorothy Lichtenstein, Fern and Lenard Tessler, and public funds from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Sponsors: Ziel and Helene Feldman
Co-Sponsors: Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Ophelia and Bill Rudin
Special thanks to Gladstone Gallery
All Museum Programming supported in part by Crozier Fine Arts, Hess Philanthropic Fund, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, The Melville Straus Family Endowment, Vital Projects Fund, and public funds provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Suffolk County.
acrylic on canvas, plexiglass plaque with caption
Guild Hall, East Hampton
Guild Hall, one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nearly nine decades, Guild Hall has embraced this open-minded vision and provided a welcoming environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings. Art and artists have long been the engine of Guild Hall’s activities and the institution continues to find innovative ways to support creativity in everyone.