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December 3rd, 2009
Young Friends Midnight Masquerade Winter Gala


The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts who support the Museum, is pleased to announce its annual black tie Winter Gala, scheduled for February 20, 2010 in the Great Stair Hall. To celebrate the masquerade theme, partygoers will don festive masks for the evening and be the first to experience a special unveiling of the spectacular Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris exhibition on display February 24 through April 25. Over 500 guests are expected to attend the stylish evening of dancing, exquisite food, and fabulous raffle prizes and auction items including fashion- and sports-themed gift packages. Proceeds from the gala will support the Young Friends’ mission to acquire new works of art for the Museum’s collection, and to aid the Museum’s conservation and preservation, as well as outreach and educational programming.

Guests will have the opportunity to discover the Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris exhibition, which features about 180 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Picasso and his fellow expatriate artists like Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, and Man Ray. From 8 p.m. to midnight, attendees will also enjoy culinary delights complemented by an open bar and live music performed by CTO Park Central.

The 2010 Winter Gala is chaired by Amanda Christoph from Philadelphia, Sandi Macan from Newton Square, and Greg Seitter from Ardmore. Call 215-235-SHOW (7469) or visit www.philamuseum.org/youngfriends to reserve tickets. Advance tickets, available until February 12, are $100 for Young Friends members, $140 for non Young Friends members, and $125 for groups of four or more. Tickets are $160 at the door. VIP tickets ($200 for members, $250 for non Young Friends members) include a curator-led tour of Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris, swag bags and access to a VIP lounge and bar.

About the Young Friends
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a dynamic group of professionals that supports Museum initiatives. The group provides young people (aged 21 to 45) in the Greater Philadelphia area with a forum to participate in a variety of educational activities through special access to the Museum’s collections and a constant mission to enhance art appreciation. Funds raised through activities are used to support conservation and preservation of the collections, educational programming and international special exhibitions. Museum membership at the Individual level ($65) or higher is required to add on Young Friends benefits ($50). Social events sponsored by Young Friends include the annual Winter Gala held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the annual Rodin Party held in the fall at the Rodin Museum, private tours of the Museum’s galleries, previews of special exhibitions, and First Friday gatherings held in Old City locations.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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