The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill brought together socialites, philanthropists, artists and hip young patrons for its Midsummer dance and dinner this weekend.

Well-heeled guests were able to view an exhibition of prints by Jasper Johns, dating from 1960 to 2018, and “Set It Off”, an art collection curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, also known as Two Women Black.

Thomas tells us she was tapped in February and the couple were able to get artists together quickly using “a long list we’ve had over the years.”

She said, “What I love the most is giving a platform to artists, especially women and people of color who regularly don’t have those opportunities. That’s one of the reasons why when it was offered to me, I couldn’t say no.

Artists Leilah Babirye, Torkwase Dyson, February James, Karyn Olivier, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Kennedy Yanko are included in the exhibition.

Carole Server, Mickalene Thomas, Monica Ramirez-Montagut
Thomas, shown here with Carole Server and Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, curated an exhibition with Racquel Chevremont.
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Friday’s dance – hosted by Papi Juice’s Oscar Nñ and chaired by Larry Milstein and Destinee Ross-Sutton – drew young audiences to the dance floor, including Vogue’s Elise Taylor, Michael Cohen’s daughter Samantha, and Serena Bancroft.

The posh Saturday dinner was co-chaired by socialite Debbie Bancroft, Preston T. Phillips and George Wells.

Art collector and philanthropist Miyoung Lee, socialite Stacey Engman (wearing a sash that read “Art Royalty”), Mary Snow, Jean Shafiroff and artist Ugo Rondinone were in attendance.

Debbie Bancroft, Serena Bancroft
Socialite Debbie Bancroft co-hosted the dinner, while her daughter Serena helped bring people to the dance.
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Christie’s Vice President Sara Friedlander invited guests to raise their paddles to donate to the museum, raising money for educational programs and initiatives.


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