PCNY Member Experience Fall 2019


The Plaza Stories WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6:30PM RECEPTION, 7:00PM LECTURE THE PLAZA is the account of one vaunted NewYork City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy.With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York’s place at the center of the country’s cultural narrative for over a century. Journalist Julie Satow will share how this thrilling, unforgettable history of one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today’s Billionaire Row. From the moment in 1907 when NewYork millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through the Plaza Hotel’s revolving doors to become its first guest, to the afternoon in 2007 when a mysterious Russian oligarch paid a record price for the hotel’s largest penthouse, the eighteen-story white marble edifice at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street has radiated wealth and luxury. For some, the hotel evokes images of F. Scott Fitzgerald frolicking in the Pulitzer Fountain, or Eloise, the impish young guest who pours water down the mail chute. But the true stories captured in THE PLAZA:The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel also include dark, hidden secrets: from the cold-blooded murder perpetrated by the construction workers in charge of building the hotel, to how Donald J.Trump came to be the only owner to ever bankrupt the Plaza. Julie Satow is an award-winning journalist who has covered real estate in NewYork City for more than a decade. A regular contributor to the NewYork Times , her work has also appeared on National Public Radio, the NewYork Post ,The Daily Beast and elsewhere. Host Alan Segan. Members: Free; Guests: $15. Poster House proudly presents Baptized by Beefcake: The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 10:30AM Exclusive museum tour by exhibition co-curator, ErnieWolfe III,Williams ’72. Before the advent of digital printing, self-taught Ghanaian artists merged art, cinema, and practical necessity in the creation of hand-painted movie posters. These posters, uniquely painted on repurposed flour sack cloth and ultimately replaced by digital reproduction, may have never been known to the larger public were it not for the efforts of ErnieWolfe III, a dealer in African art and Los Angeles gallery owner. They represent the noble attempt by the best and brightest Ghanaian sign painters of a generation to resist the inevitable onslaught of technology and globalization that would eventually put them out of business by the year 2000.“Crowd Pullers”, as they were affectionately known in Ghana, introduced the Ghanaian public toWorld Cinema, and thereby, to the world at large. This extensive exhibition of approximately 60 posters is the result of three decades of fieldwork and scholarship by ErnieWolfe III.This exhibition opens October 17 and ends on January 5, 2020. Light refreshments will be served. Members & Guests: Free. Limited registration. Location: Poster House, 119W 23rd St., Chelsea, NYC 10011 (a brand new museum dedicated to the exhibition of posters) The Williams Club and the Princeton Club of NewYork proudly co-host this event.


Enjoy an evening of art and stories as related by Christine Coulson (MA,Williams ‘93) who began her career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern. She returned in 1994, and over the next 25 years rose through the ranks of the Museum, ultimately working as Chief Advisor to the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Coulson’s new novel, Metropolitan Stories , introduces us to the hidden side of The Met. Behind the myriad of art works exists another world: the offices and storerooms that are home to the Museum’s devoted staff of 2,200 people. An ode to this private side of The Met, Coulson’s book unfolds into a discovery of larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. Join us for a lively insiders conversation about art, museums, memory, and heroes of all kinds. Liz McGowan (BA Princeton ’79; MA ‘81 & PhD, ’83, NYU) Chair of Williams College’s Art History Department, will serve as an interlocutor. Christine Coulson (BA, U Mass ’91, MA,Williams ‘93) is Chief Advisor to the Director of the

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Members: $10; Guests: $20 . The Williams Club and the Princeton Club of NewYork proudly co-host this event

An Evening with Maestro Eve Queler TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM INTERVIEW

Maestro Eve Queler, an Internationally Renowned Conductor, shares her experiences Come hear classical music critic George Loomis interview Maestro Queler about her ground- breaking work with Opera Orchestra of NewYork. Recognized as a pioneer in the world of opera, Ms. Queler founded the orchestra in 1971 and specialized in high quality performances of seldom-heard operatic masterpieces and of familiar works cast with singers NewYork would not otherwise hear. She conducted over 100 operas in concert at Carnegie Hall and worldwide, particularly in Europe and South America. Among the legendary opera singers Maestro Queler conducted are Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo and Montserrat Caballe. Ms. Queler’s memoir relates how she ventured into the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting in the 1960s. She soon found herself invited to guest conduct orchestras and opera companies all over the world. It is the story of her struggles and determination to enter the field, along with the accomplishments, support, and recognition she encountered. Foremost among her numerous accolades is the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement award. She graduated from the Mannes School of Music, where she studied piano and conducting. George Loomis writes about classical music for The Financial Times , Musical America and Opera magazine. Host Christine Loomis ’72. Members: Free; Guests: $15.





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