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September 10th, 2010
Museum's Young Friends Host Desert Jewels Garden Party

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the 19th-annual Rodin Garden Party, scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2010, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The event is traditionally held at the Rodin Museum, but has been moved this year to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building while the Rodin Museum undergoes exterior renovation. More than 400 guests are expected to attend this consistently sold-out party, which welcomes autumn from the ultramodern interiors of the Perelman Building’s Skylit Atrium. Funds raised through this event support the Young Friends’ mission of art acquisitions, conservation, and preservation of works in the collections, as well as education and outreach programming.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection¸ featuring three decades of objects collected by the renowned Paris-based fashion empire that illuminate the diversity and beauty of traditional North African jewelry design. Some 80 pieces of jewelry and nearly 30 late-19th-century and early-20th-century photographs taken by North African artists will also be on display. A pre-party will kick off at 5:30 p.m. for V.I.P. attendees, who will receive exclusive benefits including a private guided tour, access to a lounge with a private bar, and other luxury surprises. V.I.P. tickets are $60 for Young Friend members and $75 for non-members and guests.

Breezy summer cocktail attire is encouraged. The evening includes an open bar, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle. The main party begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. Visit philamuseum.org/youngfriends, or call (215) 235-SHOW to reserve tickets. Advance tickets are $35 for Young Friends, $50 for non-members and guests (and must be purchased prior to August 31st at 5:00 p.m.). Groups of four or more may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $45 per person. Tickets purchased after August 31st or at the door are $60 for non-members and guests. Please remember all guests must be at least 21 years of age.

The 2010 Rodin Garden Party is sponsored by Ardmore Toyota, Audi of Wynnewood, Bespoke Media, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP, Sotheby’s, Weixler Peterson Luzi Interior Designers, and Heather and Julius M. Steiner, Esq. In-kind donors include Codify Design Studio, D.i.D., Dave DiRentis Photography, Ludovico's, Muller, Inc, Pravda Vodka, Pur Blu Beverages, Inc, Skinny Nutritional Corp., Steve Flamporis, Teleflora, The Flour Pot Cookies, Trader Joe’s, Union Trust, UpcomingEvents.com, and the Young Friends’ official wine sponsor Barefoot Wine.

For more information about the Young Friends program, visit philamuseum.org/youngfriends or call the Young Friends at (215) 684-7820.


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 and social activities through special access to the Museum’s collections and a consistent mission to enhance art appreciation. Funds raised through the group’s 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, the annual Holiday Party, private tours of the Museum’s galleries, previews of special exhibitions, First Friday gatherings held in Old City locations, and much more.

Desert Jewels is organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and supported, in part, by the Robert Lehman Foundation

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 Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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