ON GLOBALISM AND HER OWN COLLECTION: (1), which captures a 1997 Beijing performance piece, hangs in her dining room. “I first saw this in a New York gallery-one of the first to foray into Chinese art-in the mid-1990s. The image was beautiful and haunting at the same time.”
NIGHT TABLE READING: Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu: “I’m not a religious person, but it doesn’t mean I’m not spiritual”; Drinking, Smoking & Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times, edited by Sara Nickles: “That’s a fun one”; Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee: “Lynne [Sowder] said it’s got to be at the top of my reading list. She’s a voracious reader. A lot of the conference is the brainchild of her voracious reading.”
CURRENT OBSESSION: Parmigiano-Reggiano. “My family says I’d put it on breakfast cereal if I could.”
ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS: A bottle of Pascal Doquet Premier Cru, made with organically farmed pinot noir grapes, and her grandmother’s antique French Champagne glasses (4). “They were gathering dust in the basement of my mother’s house.”
NOT COLLECTING DUST IN HER COZY ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE IN GLENCOE: A family heirloom repoussé silver martini shaker (2). “I make Dreamsicle martinis-vanilla vodka and fresh orange juice-shaken, not stirred."
THE HIGH ART OF THE BABY PORTRAIT: “It’s a photo-gram-a cameraless photograph by British artist Adam Fuss (3). I had curated a show with his work in it while I was pregnant, and he asked if he could do my baby.”
INSPIRATIONAL SPOTS: “Walking my dog [Oliver, a cockapoo] (5) along Glencoe Beach. I really feed off of being outside. But I’m not usually drawn to art that depicts beautiful scenery. There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing it in person.”
CLOSE-TO-HOME CULTURE SHOT: Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe. “We can roll out of our house and be there in four minutes flat. We have the worst restaurants and the best theatre.”
ARTIST TO WATCH: San Francisco–based painter Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, whose work depicts tragedies both natural and manmade. “She makes images that are terrible and beautiful at the same time. If something is too beautiful, I get bored with it. If it has a dark side, it resonates.”
SIGNATURE ACCESSORY: “I have some exquisite vintage purses (6), and I plan to carry one of them during each night of the event.