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February 15th, 2011
Museum's Young Friends Host Winter Gala To Celebrate Roberto Capucci

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the annual Winter Gala, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The evening marks the opening of Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion, a ground-breaking exhibition devoted to the creative achievements of the Italian artist-couturier who has pushed the boundaries of art and fashion for more than six decades. Funds raised through this event support the Young Friends’ mission of art acquisitions and conservation of works in the collections, as well as education and outreach programming.

Black-tie attire is encouraged and guests will be among the first to preview Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion (opening to the public March 16 through June 5, 2011). Capucci remains one of Italy’s most influential and imaginative artists, praised for his innovative silhouettes and masterful use of form, color, and materials. His designs have been worn by Italian aristocrats and American actresses, including Marilyn Monroe, Esther Williams, and Gloria Swanson. The exhibition will include nearly 90 works spanning the artist’s career, and will only be seen in Philadelphia.

A pre-gala cocktail reception will kick off at 7 p.m. for V.I.P. attendees, who will receive a guided tour of the exhibition, access to a lounge with a private bar serving limoncello cocktails, and a luxurious bag with gifts from Tory Burch and Gilt Groupe, among others. The main party gets into swing at 8 p.m. with dance hits performed by Rhythm Collective of ÉLAN ARTISTS, and modern rustic Italian fare prepared by the culinary experts at Stephen STARR Events, the Museum’s exclusive caterer. Guests will also be able to test their luck by bidding on raffle and silent auction items, including a fashionable Italian-made Vespa scooter.

Visit philamuseum.org/youngfriends, or call (215) 235-SHOW to reserve tickets. V.I.P. tickets are $225 for Young Friend members and $275 for non-members and guests. General tickets are $125 for Young Friend members and $175 for non-members and guests. Please remember that all guests must be at least 21 years of age.

The Young Friends’ Winter Gala is co-chaired by Brian Kelley, Melissa J. Oretsky Muskin, and Jay Park, and sponsored by D.i.D., Saks Fifth Avenue, The Scarpa Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services Inc., Sotheby's, and Weixler Peterson Luzi Interior Designers.

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). For more information about the Young Friends program, visit philamuseum.org/youngfriends

Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fondazione Roberto Capucci, and funded by The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Exhibitions, the Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions, and The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions. Additional funding is provided by The Wyncote Foundation as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer, M.D.,Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, Mr. and Mrs. Jack M. Friedland, and Martha McGeary Snider, and by members of Le Capuccine, a group of generous supporters including Marla Green DiDio, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Fox, and Mrs. and Mrs. Bernard Spain. Promotional support is provided by NBC 10 WCAU and Amtrak.

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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