The event: Elizabeth Segerstrom and the Segerstrom family celebrated the life and legacy of her late husband Henry Segerstrom May 7 by unveiling an exhibition honoring him, “Courage of Imagination,” at South Coast Plaza, the upscale mega-mall he founded in Costa Mesa.
An arts supporter, philanthropist and businessman, Segerstrom, who died in February at age 91, had a profound influence on the cultural and commercial life of Orange County, as evidenced by the display of photos, awards and memorabilia in the retail center’s Jewel Court.
The scene: Between conversations over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests waited their turns to enter the exhibition, named for a quote about Segerstrom by Isamu Noguchi, the Japanese American artist who installed the nearby sculpture garden called “California Scenario.” In a separate area, Elizabeth Segerstrom and family members including Henry Segerstrom’s children Toren Segerstrom, Anton Segerstrom and Andrea Grant welcomed friends, who lined up to share their memories.
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As an aside, more than 1,000 people converged on the Plaza’s Jewel Court to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, a number that kept the fire department on their toes. Access to the Fendi boutique, a special enclave that night for VIPs, kept getting shut down until the room emptied of enough people so that newcomers could come in.
Top photo: Elizabeth Segerstrom at the entry to the Henry Segerstrom Tribute exhibition, “Courage of Imagination,” at the Jewel Court at South Coast Plaza (photo, Peggy O’Donnell)
Second photo: The crowd lined up to see the Henry Segerstrom tribute exhibition, “Courage of Imagination,” at South Coast Plaza (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging for South Coast Plaza)
Third photo: Photographs, videos and sculptures filled the Henry Segerstrom tribute exhibition, “Courage of Imagination,” at South Coast Plaza (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging for South Coast Plaza)
Published May 18, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, SocietyNewsLA.com