9.12.2009

Warhol Wild Hosted by Tippi Hedren


Last night R and I attended the opening of Warhol Wild at Hamilton Selway Fine Art in West Hollywood. Warhol Wild is a collection of unique animal screen prints, drawings and collages by my favorite pop artist, Andy Warhol. The opening reception was hosted by Hollywood screen legend, Tippi Hedren (of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds) for the benefit of The Roar Foundation for the Shambala Preserve.

The Shambala Preserve is Ms. Hedren’s passion. A home for over 70 stray lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and other big cats, the Shambala Preserve provides a safe environment for these forgotten animals. Shambala’s non-profit, The Roar Foundation, provides education to the public about the dangers of private ownership of exotic animals.

The benefit was a smashing success. Money and awareness were raised for Ms. Hedren's foundation. And Andy Warhol’s spectacular screen prints of various animals (zebras, frogs, orangutan, tigers and more) were vibrating with life and color and were admired by all who attended.

Meeting Tippi Hedren (pictured above with R and me) was especially special for me as I am an avid Hitchcock fan and count many of his films among my all time favorites. Ms. Hedren is an absolute delight- as sophisticated as I imagined and completely passionate about her shelter for wild cats. We had a particularly interesting conversation about the importance of adopting animals. (B and I adopted Gatsby three years ago and have been delighted by his presence ever since).

For me it has been a fascinating week. Two Hollywood Legends (see The Daily Connoisseur meets Carol Channing), two great charities and a fabulous evening of art and friends…

The Warhol Wild exhibit will run through October 2nd, 2009. A portion of all proceeds to that date will benefit the Shambala Preserve.

For more information on Hamilton Selway Fine Art and the Warhol Wild collection, please visit: www.hamiltonselway.com

For more information on The Shambala Preserve, please visit: www.shambala.org

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

R loves reading your blogs to see what J and she did last night. It makes R feel like she is on Page Six. :)

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

My goodness Jennifer. This mystery novel is not going to get written! You all look stunning and I also adore Tippi Hedren. I love these peeks into your very exciting social life. It sure beats my renovation. xx

The Daily Connoisseur said...

R- We've been going out so much I feel like I'm writing Page Six lately! :)

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Josephine- lol! Oddly enough I've been getting a lot more work done on my book recently. I think meeting all of these interesting people is inspiring me to finish the darn thing! Meeting Tippi was so cool... I am going to watch The Birds again this week in her honor...

And I love reading about your renovation. Can't wait to see more pictures! xo

Sharon McPherson: AUTHOR / ARTIST said...

What an amazing exhibition to see. I don't usually associate Warhol with animals and I am sure this exhibition would have been a great pleasure. Ontop of meeting Tippi Hendren - what a buzz!

I too loved her in the movie The Birds. I am also a lover of Hithcock's movies.

I wasn't aware of the Sambala Preserve.

What a great post. :)

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Sharon- Thank you for stopping by my blog... I love yours- I am so glad to have found it (Thanks Josephine!)

I wasn't aware that Warhol did animal screenprints either- and I am such a huge fan! The entire evening was so lovely... meeting Tippi was the icing on the cake :)

Michael Rivers said...

I love Tippi Hedren. "The Birds" is one of my favorite movies. I ran into her in the Mall of America. I knew it was her as soon as I saw her. She was so nice to me when I approached her. She gave me an autograph. It's a great story I love sharing.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Michael- Tippi is so friendly isn't she? I love that about her... no ego- she is just a lovely person. I'm going to re-watch the Birds soon to celebrate her :)

 
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