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March 18th, 2011
Museum to Host "Vivid" Gala

Art After Dark: Vivid proceeds to benefit the Museum’s Education department.

Art After Dark, the Museum’s gala for the division of Education, will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Inspired by the shapes, forms, and vivid colors of the Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion exhibition, this year’s event offers guests the opportunity to arrive in Capucci-inspired attire. Co-chairs Gretchen Burke, Jaimie Field, and Karen Tarte have led a dedicated volunteer committee in planning a magnificent celebration.

One of the founders of modern Italian fashion in the early 1950s, Roberto Capucci is a master of color, form, and innovative silhouettes. Today, after six decades of creative achievement, he is one of Italy’s most influential and imaginative artist-couturiers. The exhibition will trace Capucci’s artistic career chronologically, from his discovery in 1951 to his recent dress sculptures.

For Capucci, the act of creation is a complete sensory experience; Art After Dark: Vivid will offer its guests an experience that celebrates the figures, fabrics, and hues of Capucci’s artistry. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., models will greet the guests as they enter a cocktail reception in Lenfest Hall, which will be bathed in vibrant colors. While sipping champagne and prosecco poured by living statues, guests can stroll amongst spandex-covered models on pedestals and enjoy appetizers.

At 9:00 p.m., guests will continue upstairs into a transformed Great Stair Hall, where a suspended fabric covering of changing colors and moving lights floats over head. Dinner by Stephen STARR Events will include short ribs, seared salmon, roasted eggplant, mushroom penne, and other Italian-inspired fare. Modern furniture will serve to create comfortable lounge areas, while roaming models and colorfully dressed mannequins, provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, will offer plenty to capture one’s attention.

This Art After Dark marks the first time the annual fundraiser has ever presented a live auction, and it will be led by Sotheby’s auctioneer Courtney Booth. Packages include fashion, sports, and entertainment experiences such as a box at a Phillies game, a permanent collection tour and dinner for ten with Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and CEO, or a week in the Italian countryside.

Following the auction, the spectacular evening will proceed with an aerial act performing above the Great Stair Hall. After the (literally) uplifting performance, guests will want to stay for dessert, which includes an artisan cake by Chef Robert Bennet of Classic Cake, as well as other goodies served on the “skirts” of live models.

About Art After Dark: Vivid

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 8:00 p.m. to midnight
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cappucci-inspired attire
Valet parking
Catering by Stephen STARR Events

Sponsor levels: $1,000 - $5,000
Individual tickets: $250 per person
Tickets may be purchased by phone at 215-235 SHOW (7469) or online at dark.

All proceeds benefit the Museum’s Education department.

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Press interested in covering Art After Dark: Vivid should contact:

Gigi Lamm
Senior Press Officer

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