Fêtes For Houstonian Sir Mark Haukohl’s World Class Photography Exhibition

By Lance Avery Morgan    Photography courtesy of LACMA

Recently, on a chilly autumn night, both international and Texas-based guests flocked to the opening night soirée of the exhibit in Los Angeles, In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection. It features a selection of two hundred contemporary photographs by women artists from seventeen countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The collaboration between Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Brooklyn Museum is a partnership that enables each institution to significantly augment and diversify its photography holdings over the next ten years as well as advance curatorial research, travel, and scholarship, signaling an innovative and financially sustainable new approach for museums to expand their collections.
A seated dinner was held to celebrate the debut of the images at Ray’s, the restaurant that is a part of LACMA. The glamorous guests, from around the world, and of course, Texas, were on hand to fete Haukohl’s artistic collection achievement. On hand to share toasts were LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg, Director Michael Govan, as well as Shelby White and Leon Levy Director Anne Pasternak of The Brooklyn Museum. Beyond the wine and champagne that flowed freely, guests dined on a selection of seafood, as well as being tempted by wonderfully sugary desserts as the evening progressed. The week of Los Angeles events included a distinguished trustee’s reception at the residence of venture capitalist, David Bohnett. The celebration continued at the new Pendry Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
Both LACMA and The Brooklyn Museum, exemplary institutions representing both coasts, benefit from the generous gift from Houston-based collector Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, whose expansive collection has been built over the course of twenty years and showcases an impressive range of styles and approaches to photography from that period. The collection features works by nearly ninety emerging and established women artists, including Yto Barrada, Carolle Bénitah, Melanie Bonajo, Natalie Czech, Eva Koť á tková, Vera Lutter, Josephine Pryde, and Shirana Shahbazi.
The gift will be made in installments over the next ten years, with the first including twenty works selected by Haukohl. The two museums will also receive a donation of ten additional works purchased by him. Both museums will each individually acquire an additional ten works chosen in concert with the curators, expanding the initial gift. Furthermore, his gift includes the Haukohl Travel Grant, which provides resources to advance curatorial travel, research, and scholarship each year for the next decade. These funds will allow curators to attend European photography fairs and exhibitions such as Les Rencontres d’Arles, ARCOmadrid, and Unseen Amsterdam, further enabling targeted additions to the collection by all three parties. The exhibit runs at LACMA through February 13, 2022, with a 2023 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. A sensational Los Angeles and New York triumph.

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Where to go, what to see, and what to try? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as winter chills up. Besides, baby, it’s cold out there.

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Welcome to the first-ever immersive VR experience to take visitors onboard the International Space Station vis-à-vis THE INFINITE–the NASA-inspired installation making its American premiere in Houston at Sawyer Yards. It’s multimedia art, physical objects, soundscapes, and light design redefine the frontiers of the user experience by allowing would-be space explorers to roam freely inside a life-scale 3D replica of the ISS.

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Opening German Gala Presents Debutantes

By Jake Gaines     Photography by Katie Clementson of Billo Smith Photography

THE STYLE: The San Antonio German Club recently hosted its annual Opening German gala in honor of the season’s debutantes. Held on a crisp, cool autumn evening at The Red Berry Estate, owned and operated by the RK Group, the ball offered a glorious night of dining and dancing in celebration of the club’s group of young ladies being presented to the city’s society in such stately surroundings.

THE SETTING: Resplendent in gorgeous white gowns, this year’s debutantes sparkled as they were presented by their fathers, then led to their escorts. A tent was constructed by Illusions Rentals & Design to hold the presentation ceremony, and Catering by Rosemary created the food stations. The cuisine was situated outside, in front of the estate, by the water’s edge under a moonlit sky. Ramiro Cervera and his Orchestra provided the live music for the presentation and the first dance of the debutantes with their fathers. The floral decor was created by Danny Cuellar and the Trinity Flowers team. The multi-colored arrangements provided the stunning color palette for the presentation stage and the tabletops. The after party music was provided by In IOCity and DJ Genafire.

THE PURPOSE:  The 2021-2022 President is George Edward Hinchey, and Stuart Lee Cavender, Jr. was the chairman of the 2021 Opening German. Formed in 1880, an inspired group of young San Antonio men gathered to create a new social organization. They named it The Ascension Club, which quickly flourished in San Antonio’s society. In 1890, under the leadership of J. Riley Gordon, Oliver Warwick, George W. Martin, and Francis L. Town, the name of the Club was changed to The San Antonio German Club, after The German, a popular dance of the era, which became a traditional dance during the Club’s early years. For 141 years since that time, with the exception of only a few years, the San Antonio German Club has presented its debutantes during San Antonio’s social season.

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Cattle Baron’s Ball Raises Millions For American Cancer Society

By Cynthia Smoot          Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cass

THE SETTING: The 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball was recently held at Gilley’s Dallas with award-winning country music fan favorite Dierks Bentley performing on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage. Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall returned to serve as leaders for an unprecedented second year after the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 ball. Their efforts raised a whopping $3,665,700 for the American Cancer Society. 

THE STYLE: The evening included cocktails, buffet dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions followed by the concert. The Country Music Association’s award-winning Cole Swindell appeared on the Copart VIP stage prior to the live auction. D’Andra Simmons Lock, Gregg Asher, Amy Hampton, Hamilton Sneed, Nancy Gopez, Melissa and Joe Pastora, and Jane McGarry were among those in the crowd who donned cowboy boots in celebration of the evening.

THE PURPOSE:  Since 1974, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $90 million for the American Cancer Society in North Texas. The ball is the largest single-night fundraising event for cancer research in the world. One hundred active volunteer committee members work tirelessly year-round to raise funds for cancer research projects in North Texas.

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Houston Grand Opera Opening Night Concert, Carmen

By Jennifer Roosth   Photography by Wilson Parish and Melissa Taylor

THE SETTING: Recently, the Houston Grand Opera opened its 67th season with a historic return to the stage for live opera, with the opening night production of Bizet’s Carmen. Following the performance, the celebration continued as over 370 guests progressed to a tented Ray C. Fish Plaza to usher in the next era of HGO and welcome new General Director Khori Dastoor.

THE STYLE: A tragedy of obsessive love, Bizet’s Carmen was first staged in 1875 and is today considered the most popular opera in the world. A full house smiled with recognition when the well-known first notes of the prelude rang throughout the Brown Theater. After the concert, as the lights came up, black tie clad opera-goers enjoyed an intimate seated dinner with a close circle of Houston arts supporters and enthusiasts. The décor, created by The Events Company, burst with the same jewel tones of Ashford’s production and was accentuated with touches of black Spanish lace—a nod to Carmen’s femme fatale costumes. Inspired by the production’s Seville setting, City Kitchen Catering presented a colorful three-course feast, including Tarta de Santiago for dessert.

THE PURPOSE: Betty and Jess Tutor chaired the event, which raised $460,000. The opening night performance of Bizet’s Carmen was performed by HGO Studio alumna Carolyn Sproule, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, and brought to vibrant life with striking costumes and captivating dance by award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Rob Ashford. This production delivers a thrilling experience to an audience starved of live grand opera for over 20 months.

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DIFFA’ Annual Burgers & Burgundy Event Sizzles 

By Cynthia Smoot               Photography Danny Campbell and Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: Recently, generous and fashion-forward individuals joined renowned national and local chefs at Peace Plaza at the Cathedral of Hope for the twelfth annual Burgers & Burgundy event, benefiting DIFFA/Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS). Partygoers sampled a wide variety of mouth-watering burgers created by participating chefs, including Sharon Van Meter, Luke Rogers, Samir Dhurandhar, and Dan Landsberg.

THE STYLE: The much-anticipated 2021-2022 DIFFA/Dallas Style Council Ambassadors  DIFFA Legends were announced during the event. The new members joining the Style Council are Alison Volk, Chris Angelle, David Dummer, David Putnam, David Weir, JD Miller, Ken Weber, Kimberly Alexander, Neil Thomas, and Yana Greenstein.

THE PURPOSE: Event chair and DIFFA Board member, Al James, shared that DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS. The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within the DFW community. The organization has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas, providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

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