A Q&A with MSK’s President as TEFAF New York Fall’s Opening Night Quickly Approaches

With The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s (MSK) Annual Opening Night of TEFAF New York Fall just around the corner, we check in with The Society’s president, Kate Allen, who discusses the organization and some of the most exciting works to be showcased during this very special affair.

Kate Allen, The President of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering

Brooke Kelly: What was your motivation to first get involved with The Society of MSK?

Kate Allen: I first became involved in 2007. I joined the Associates Committee because I was initially drawn to all the fun events and impressed by the amazing group of women organizing them, and, of course, appreciating all the while that MSK was the beneficiary. Then, I quickly saw that real work was being done and The Society was having a significant impact. It was this combination of incredible people and a most worthwhile cause that got me interested and keeps me so engaged today.

BK: What are you most looking forward to during your term as president of The Society?

KA: I have some very big shoes to fill! Primarily, I want to continue the great work that The Society has been doing to support MSK. I’ll be focusing on engaging our entire Administrative Board to ensure everyone’s involvement, especially from our rising younger generation.

BK: What’s your biggest goal for The Society of MSK?

KA: My biggest goal is right in line with The Society’s mission: to provide the most support possible to MSK, in the way of assisting with patient care, educating people on cancer, and raising significant dollars toward cancer research. I want to continue offering The Society plenty of opportunities to volunteer within the hospital, engaging with patients.  This “hands-on” experience is incredibly gratifying and certainly a big motivator to give back.

BK: What are you most looking forward to at Opening Night?

KA: I can’t wait to welcome everyone to Opening Night and thank them personally for their support of The Society of MSK! Of course, I also look forward to browsing around and admiring all the glorious art, antiques, and jewelry brought in from around the world.  Every booth is truly a feast for the eyes!

The Opening Night of TEFAF New York Fall 2018

BK: Which three pieces or galleries at TEFAF New York Fall 2019 are you most excited to see, and why?

KA: I always look forward to the dazzling jewelry pieces. I can’t wait to see the Retro Necklace by Mellerio dits Meller from Siegelson—the diamond-set stars are such a striking detail to an already extraordinary gold necklace.  I’m also excited about The Cascades earrings from REZA.  They’re like a waterfall of diamonds! Another highlight for me are brilliant paintings, like Gustave Courbet’s Jeune Fille Dormant from Gallery 19C. Portraits like these are a personal favorite. Every time I attend TEFAF New York, I’m so impressed by the many exquisite works the Fair has to offer.

Retro Necklace by Mellerio dits Meller from Siegelson
The Cascades earrings from REZA
Gustave Courbet’s Jeune Fille Dormant

BK: How would you describe your own style when it comes to fashion, design, and art?

KA: As for interiors, I appreciate modern art but prefer to couple it with traditional antiques. I adore fashion in particular, and tend to be quite classic at heart, but lately have been having so much fun with vintage pieces. My favorite store for that is Amarcord in Williamsburg. It has an outstanding, pristine selection and is definitely worth the trip! And, naturally, I’m crazy about jewelry—estate or new—and love to pop in FD Gallery on the Upper East Side, at 80th & Madison, for all the beautiful eye candy there.

The Opening Night of TEFAF New York Fall will take place at the Park Avenue Armory on October 31st. For more information, visit tefaf.com.