Inside the 2016 Aperture Spring Party & Dinner

A look back at the 2016 Aperture Spring Party and Dinner celebrating the publication of “The Photographer’s Cookbook”

Stephen Shore’s pie was just the beginning. Celebrating the pre-launch of The Photographer’s Cookbook, copublished by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum, the more than 325 guests who attended Aperture’s second annual Spring Party were treated to inventive fare by BITE inspired by some of the most photogenic recipes around. The event was co-chaired by Jessica Nagle and Julie Meneret and co-hosted by Aperture’s executive director Chris Boot and Darius Himes on behalf of presenting sponsor Christie’s. During the Host Committee Dinner, guests had the opportunity to chat with Cookbook contributors Stephen Shore and Neal Slavin.

Proceeds from the event support Aperture’s youth education programs and educational and community partnerships, including Aperture on Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, designed to cultivate visual literacy through photography and photo book creation. Under the sparkle of lights at Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, where the photographer Doug DuBois’s current exhibition, In Good Time, is on view, guests danced to disco music by DJ and photographer Stefan Ruiz or watched professionals—the K-pop phenomenon EXP—take the floor. Of the two night’s two prizes, one winner took home a basket with The Photographer’s Cookbook and sundries from Zabar’s, the iconic Upper West Side emporium and cosponsor of the Spring Party, and another guest won a Key Lime Pie Supreme straight from the kitchen of Shore himself.

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For a sensational and sold-out evening, Aperture wishes to thank co-chairs Jessica Nagle and Julie Meneret; Presenting sponsors Christie’s and Zabar’s; contributing artists Stephen Shore and Neal Slavin; Bruce Barnes and Lisa Hostetler of the George Eastman Museum; AIPAD; Brooklyn Brewery; Hotel Americano; Espolon Tequila; Foto Care; Jean Perrier et Fils; Patrick McMullan Company; Pro Sho; and Smilebooth; DJs Stefan Ruiz & Al-Veez; and EXP (Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda and Samantha Y. Shao). Additional thanks to all of the Aperture staff, work scholars, volunteers, and ambassadors for their time and dedication.

Host Committee
Allan Chapin and Anna Rachminov
Andrew Lewin
Anne Stark Locher and Kurt Locher
Barbara and Donald Tober
Bill and Victoria Cherry
Cathy M. Kaplan*
Christine Symchych
Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire
D. Severn Taylor and J. Scott Switzer
Darius Himes, Christie’s*
David Solo
Elaine Goldman
Elizabeth and William Kahane
Frederick M. R. Smith
Jessica Nagle and Roland Hartley-Urquhart*
Julie and David Meneret*
Kate Cordsen
The Lauder Foundation–Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund
Malú Alvarez
Marcy Morgan
Melissa and James O’Shaughnessy
Michael Hoeh*
Nion McEvoy*
Olivia Marciano
Peter Barbur and Tim Doody
Priscilla Rattazzi
S. B. Cooper and Rebecca Besson
Scott Martin and Lauralee Bell Martin*
Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla and Celso Gonzalez-Falla
Stanley Zabar, Zabar’s and*
Susan Dumke
Whit Williams
Willard Taylor and Virginia Davies


Spring Party Committee
Alexander G. Clark
Alexander Hurst
Dianna Cohen
Esther Zuckerman
Isabelle Friedrich McTwigan
Liz Grover
Olivia Marciano
Sarah Krueger