Paparazzo Extraordinaire Ron Galella Opening at The Pierre
The Pierre, A NY Taj Hotel is pleased to announce the opening of an exclusive exhibit of photographs taken by “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” Ron Galella from 1967-1987. The exhibit which features many rare and never-before-seen photos from Ron Galella’s extensive archives is on view in the Fifth Avenue lobby and the 61st Street lobby, as well as various places throughout the hotel. The launch coincided with the 2022 Met Gala as an homage to the many celebrities and fashion elite who stay at The Pierre.
Celebrations, Celebrities & Couture At The Pierre features behind-the-scenes images of some the Pierre’s most celebrated events from 1967-1987 with icons of fashion, the silver screen, civil rights, popular music and art seen through the lens of photographer, Ron Galella. The Pierre was one of Ron Galella’s favorite locations to shoot NY society. The photographs are presented un-cropped in their original full frames as a testament to his life’s work.
“We are thrilled and honored to be able to showcase the brilliant work of Ron Galella. His nostalgic portraits capture the celebrations and glamour that are such an enormous part of The Pierre’s heritage,” says Francois-Olivier Luiggi, General Manager of The Pierre.
The exhibition includes 20 signed black and white photos of the likes of Valentino and a newly blonde Barbra Streisand leaving his extravagant “Scheherazade Fantasy” party; Lois Chiles and Yves Saint Laurent in a spontaneous moment; Bianca Jagger, Lauren Bacall & Diana Vreeland sharing a laugh; John Cazale, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep at a celebration for Lee Strasberg’s 75th birthday party in the Grand Ballroom; famed contralto Marian Anderson and Marie Osmond singing America the Beautiful at the conclusion of the Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year Awards; Andy Warhol arriving for a “Ted Kennedy for President” fundraiser; Pierre Cardin promoting his wine and Sophia Loren returning to The Pierre after promoting her fragrance. Other photos feature candid moments with Princess Margaret; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Basha, Henry and Nancy Kissinger with Lewis Rudin; Clint Eastwood and girlfriend Sandra Locke; Joan Collins; and actress Carol Channing and Comedian George Burns.
Ron Galella passed away April 30, 2022. “Ron spent countless hours at The Pierre creating the art that now adorns its walls. This exhibit is especially moving considering its timing, going up literally hours after his passing at age 91. What a tribute.” says Geoffrey Croft, longtime associate of Ron Galella, and collaborator on the exhibit. Ron’s life was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 5.
Ron Galella was widely regarded as the most famous and successful candid celebrity photographer in the world. Dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” by Newsweek, Ron’s passion for photography and his connection to his subjects created an intimacy resulting in a body of work that is unmatched, establishing a unique niche in entertainment photojournalism. His unique shooting style – pre-focusing his camera at 6 feet, set at F8, without looking through the camera’s viewfinder and holding the camera at his chest to enable eye contact – resulted in photos that portrayed an outstanding intimacy between photographer and subject. During his nearly six-decade career he amassed the world’s largest, single source photographic archive dedicated to popular culture.
Ever since Charles Pierre Casalasco collaborated with Wall Street financiers in 1930 to realize his dream of opening a grand French chateau on Fifth Avenue the iconic hotel has been synonymous with European-style elegance. The Pierre, A NY Taj Hotel is rich in stories and legends that are a testament to its more than 90 years of unsurpassed hospitality.
A New York icon, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel continues to set the standard for timeless elegance and unrivaled hospitality in New York City. Situated on Central Park, The Pierre remains a landmark treasured by visitors and New Yorkers alike since opening in 1930. It is the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star rated property on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The hotel’s 189 rooms, 49 of which are suites, offer classic design with couture touches, abundant natural light, and high ceilings. First‐rate amenities include a Les Clefs d’Or Concierge team. Exquisite entertaining is synonymous with The Pierre, and its opulent Grand Ballroom, Cotillion Room, and Rotunda continue to host New York’s most unforgettable events, while chic, multi‐functional meeting rooms welcome private gatherings, from intimate closing dinners to annual shareholder meetings. The Pierre’s robust food and beverage program boasts 24‐hour gourmet room service, Afternoon Tea service and cocktail program in the Pierre Lounge, seasonal fare with outdoor seating at signature restaurant Perrine and indulgent cuisine in the whimsical Rotunda. Follow The Pierre on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, & Twitter: @thepierreny. www.thepierreny.com
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Gay Pride, Bryant Park Picnic Performances, Movie Nights, Lincoln Center Summer for the City (Midsummer Night Swing), Juneteenth, New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Tribeca Film Festival, Free Outdoor Concerts, Museum Mile Festival, the Puerto Rican Day Parade and that’s just the beginning!
Until September 29 every summer in Times Square, NYC, TSQ LIVE showcases hundreds of artists, performers and cultural producers and this summer 80 free events hosting over a dozen incredible New York-based institutions and collectives, including Pioneer Works, NEW INC, Children’s Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Extension, New York Live Arts, OTA Entertainment, Soul Summit, Rash Bar, and Elsewhere.
6/1: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park New York City Opera: La Bohème
6/2: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Jazzmobile: The Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra
6/2: Billy Joel @ MSG
6/3-4: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit atUniversity Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.
6/7 until September: Little Island Tony and Grammy Award winners in The Glade, late night djs, drag bingo, and dance parties in The Play Ground, weekly artmaking activities for all ages and Teen Night every Friday.
6/7 – 18: Tribeca Film Festival will take place movie theatres, rooftops and various venues throughout NYC, such as the new Pier 57, Beacon Theatre, the Angelika. The premiere of Let the Canary Sing with a performance by Cyndi Lauper or The Closing Gala: A Bronx Tale, followed by a conversation with director and star Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal, and writer and co-star Chazz Palminteri.
6/8 – 8/6: Shakespeare in the Park – Hamlet
6/8: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn, The Lite
6/9: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Dance Heginbotham, Jennifer Muller/The Works
6/9 – 11: @ Citi Field Governors Ball Music Festival – The contemporary music festival for music lovers by music lovers. With 60+ artists of all genres across 4 stages, there is something for everyone, including delicious restaurants, food trucks and menus.
6/9 – 18: River to River Festival The festival takes place in a variety of public venues that canvas all of Downtown New York – from Chambers Street down to the southern tip of Manhattan and across the island from river to river.
6/11: National Puerto Rican Day Parade Fifth Avenue, 44th to 79th Street
6/12: Bryant Park Movie Nights Almost Famous (2000)
6:13: Museum Mile Festival on Fifth Avenue from 84th Street to 109th Street: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center.
6/14 – August: Dancing Under the Stars (formerly Midsummer Night Swing), free outdoor movies, dancing, singing, readings, celebrations, flamingos, disco ball, poetry, Mozart, concerts, crafts, Juneteenth and much more!
6/15: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish
6/16: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson
6/17-25: Gay Pride The Rally, The March & Pride Island. The 2023 theme is “Strength in Solidarity” and Christina Aguilera is headlining NYC Pride Island on Sunday, June 25th at Brooklyn Army Terminal. The festivities begin with Family Night and the Rally and culminate with PrideFest & The March. Other events include Pride Island and the annual Dance on the Pier, following the parade wrapping up Pride Week in a grand fireworks display.
6/16 – 18: Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, which declared the ending of slavery in the USA. The three day Juneteenth in NYC festival kicks off Friday with a virtual summit, Friday night is the Celebration of Black Kings, Saturday is Festival Community Day and the festival culminates Sunday with a Parade, Fashion Show, Food trucks Field Day and more. Monday, June 19th, is a national holiday, with government, banks and post offices closed. More Info: Junteenth NY
There are dozens more Juneteenth celebrations throughout all 5 Boroughs, including BBQs, the NYC Parks Department, Seneca Village, Broadway, Lincoln Center, concerts, shows, theater and more.
6/17: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade where 3,000+ participants dress in hand-made costumes.
6/ 19: Bryant Park Movie Nights Amistad (1997)
6/23: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Emerging Music Festival: Psymon Spine, THUS LOVE, Katy Kirby
6/24: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, Miss Grit, Dead Tooth
6/26: Bryant Park Movie Nights Mean Girls (2004)
6/30: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quartet ft. Tony Trishka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King
6/30: Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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Now you can go inside the performance that exposed who raped ETTE and the action she took to take her life back.
Sexual Violence Affects Millions of Americans
Younger People Are at the Highest Risk of Sexual Violence
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ETTE and Derek Warburton on Rape and Abuse
On Thursday multidisciplinary, shamanic artist ETTE exposed the name of her predator and took back her life. The show was powerful, prolific and empowering. My guest Elisabeta, writer ElizaBeth Taylor and I, all felt privileged to be apart of an act so brave and true. Abuse victims should NEVER feel the way they are made to feel.
Before the main event we talked with ETTE about her abuse and how prevalent abuse is in our society.
Her co-host Derek Warburton also shared his story and why he co-produced this amazing night.
Did you know?
Before that happened T2C had a chance to see her art show entitled “Whistle Blower”.
Tomorrow the performance.
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