(Photos: Tim Knox, Walter Briski, Jr., Courtesy William Wegman Studio)
Tonight Pratt Institute entices art and design-loving donors to open their checkbooks and their autograph books for the school’s annual Legends scholarship benefit. The 2011 honorees, “distinguished individuals whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt,” are artist and musician Laurie Anderson, furniture/interior designer and artist Juan Montoya, and artist and filmmaker William Wegman. The awards ceremony should be anything but dull, seeing as Pratt has convinced charming narrative wizard Salman Rushdie to introduce Anderson, while Architectural Digest editrix Margaret Russell will do the honors for Montoya and Agnes Gund will prime the crowd for Wegman. Among the 300 or so guests expected to party the night away at 7 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan are Pratt alums such as exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum and Amy Cappellazzo of Christie’s, as well as architect Steven Holl and author Kurt Andersen, a Pratt trustee. No word on what will be served for dessert, but it will be accompanied by a special performance by Anderson, so keep an eye out for Fenway Bergamot.