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Robert Isabell's Decor for MoMA

May 23, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Museum of Modern Art's Party in the Garden benefit Museum of Modern Art Wednesday, 05.16.01, 7 PM to 1 AM
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The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden was in no shape to host a swanky society soiree this year (MoMA is undergoing a massive renovation), so for the Museum of Modern Art's annual Party in the Garden benefit, Robert Isabell brought the garden indoors.

In the former space of Cafe Etc., Isabell leaned tall poplar tree branches against the walls, surrounding guests as if they were truly in a garden. (The only giveaway was the gray industrial carpet that covered the dining room floor.) The room was a vision of pink with glowing pink lanterns and centerpieces of sweet-smelling pink peonies. Even the tables had a garden theme: Blueprints of the garden's renovation plans were printed onto the tablecloths.

For the cocktail hour, Isabell erected a large tent from Starr Tents on top of the concrete and rubble that inhabits the former space of the Rockefeller garden, and hung an array of multicolored lanterns from the ceiling that nicely glowed against the white tent walls.

--Suzanne Ito

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