President's Council Spring Dinner 2007: André Leon Talley, Fran Lebowitz, Esther Perel, and Charles Masson
The President’s Council Spring Dinner was a pre-Valentines Day celebration and the theme was “On Pleasure,” exploring our insatiable appetite for gratification in its many forms. The lively program featured André Leon Talley, Editor-at-Large of Vogue and highly influential figure in the world of fashion; humorist Fran Lebowitz, best known for her wildly sardonic commentaries on American life; Esther Perel, the insightful author of Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and Domestic; and Charles Masson, owner of one of New York’s most elegant restaurants, Le Grenouille, renowned for its excellent cuisine and exquisite floral arrangements. Guests were treated to a special exhibit of treasures from the Library’s collections, including valentine drawings by e.e. cummings, intimate 18th-century watercolor depictions of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigori Potemkin, and an autograph manuscript of Claude Debussy’s Les Papillons, dedicated to Marie-Blanche Vasnier, his muse. Dinner was strikingly set in Astor Hall with décor by the noted designer, David Monn.