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The Crowd: Tiffany hosts 'Blue Book Weekend'

November 25, 2011|By B.W. Cook
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In celebration of "Pacific Standard Time," the regional art program showcasing Southern California's contribution to art from 1945 to 1980, Tiffany & Co. at South Coast Plaza, led by group director Michael Botsko, has joined forces with major arts advocates at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, as well as South Coast Plaza executives for an art exhibition.

The show, titled "On Display in Orange County: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture," documents the creation of publicly accessible sculpture and works of art by 20th century masters, including Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, Richard Serra and Isamu Noguchi. The impact of art, culture, and commerce on society has been a hallmark of the Segerstrom legacy, led by South Coast Plaza managing director Henry T. Segerstrom.

The exhibit will open Tuesday at South Coast Plaza's Penthouse level and run through the holidays.

Recently, Botsko and Tiffany & Co. on a significant national scale became the title sponsor for the "Pacific Standard Time" series, which will include more than 60 institutions presenting a collection of art that has impacted culture and society. This installation on the West Coast began at the Getty, in conjunction with the artistic and elegant presentation of the Tiffany Blue Book — a collection of the "heritage, artistry and design" of the nation's most famous jewelry company.

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Botsko escorted guests from Orange County for a "Blue Book Weekend" to preview the launch of the "Pacific Standard Time" exhibit. The crowd was treated to the culinary artistry of Suzanne Goin, one of L.A.'s most recognized chefs. Goin is the force behind three noted restaurants, including Tavern, and she has been featured in such publications as Bon Appétit, Gourmet and Saveur.

Tiffany & Co. created a celebratory dinner as a companion to the art debut at the Getty, showcasing a collection of spectacular jewels from the Blue Book. There were white diamonds, yellow diamonds, colored gemstones and innovative designs.

Next week, Tiffany & Co. will launch a similar collaboration of art, design and commerce at South Coast Plaza.

Botsko commented, "This is indeed the essence of the Tiffany & Co. culture since the company's founding in 1837. A perfect way to launch our 175th anniversary year."

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