November 16, 2014

Night at the Museum

Over the weekend, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Baltimore Museum of Art, with a gala party in the museum’s galleries. It was the most amazing party, and I am so lucky that I had an opportunity to attend the dinner and then the after-party. image

It’s highly unusual for a museum to allow food and drink in the galleries with so much valuable artwork, but the BMA made an exception for this “Party of the Century” and allowed a number of the galleries to become small dinner parties. Each gallery’s décor echoed something in the paintings – the cloths and the flowers were all coordinated.IMG_5821IMG_5823IMG_5824IMG_5830IMG_5832IMG_5839

The modern art galleries had more contemporary arrangements, featuring loads of orchids, tulips and peonies, while the classical galleries had arrangements which were more befitting of them. IMG_5843

The flowers were absolutely spectacular! We had a chance to walk around before the party really started, and get a good look at the tables and flowers. IMG_5835

I took a little bit of time to look at some of my favourite decorative art galleries, which continue to be one of the Museum’s highlights for me.IMG_5846IMG_5848IMG_5850

This is such an incredible example of a gallery wall done right! The Museum has pulled paintings out that haven’t been displayed for years, and it was fun to see what they’d chosen and how they were hung.IMG_5849

The dinner was terrific and I had two great dinner partners who kept me entertained through the evening. One of the fun pieces of dinner was the luscious dessert which was a raspberry chocolate bombe, decorated with a picture of the Museum.IMG_5862

The after-party started about two hours after the dinner and featured two things that fill me with dread – interpretive dancers and performance art. There’s a lot of that I don’t understand, and certainly don’t even pretend to understand, like this guy in toe shoes sprawled down the Museum’s front stairs, or any of the other characters. imageIMG_5865IMG_5866IMG_5886There seemed to be an inordinate amount of bubble and saran wrap used in their costumes.

My village came together to help me get ready for the party, especially after an early morning phone call from the hair stylist saying she was sick. A few frantic phone calls later scared up a local salon who could fit me in during the late afternoon. Dozens of hair pins and a half a gallon of hairspray later, my up-do finally held, complete with diamond brooch!IMG_5819

I lost an earring within five minutes of arriving, but it was a cheapie, so I just took the other one out and didn’t bother looking for the one I dropped. People weren’t as dressed up as I assumed they would be, given the occasion. If I had known that, I might not have expended the effort and energy to have pulled my outfit together. Oh well!IMG_5822IMG_5875

The party was lots of fun, I saw a lot of old and new friends, and best of all, the Museum’s got a fabulous new renovation! All in all, a great evening!IMG_5896

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful night!

36 comments:

  1. It is a shame that people no longer recognize the importance of dressing for the occasion. You looked splendid and appropriate. And YIKES! Interpretive dance and performance art, oh no! Give me the ballet (don't they have a Dega sculpture there?) and tableau vivant. Happy to hear that you had charming dinner companions and a wonderful time even if some attendees were dressed in bubble wrap.

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    1. I am pretty sure there's a Degas around the museum somewhere! To me, the performance artists were creepier than artistic.

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  2. Looks like a festive party and you look great! Love your dress and didn't miss the earrings at all. I wear glasses too (I like your glasses!) and most times the earrings end up getting dumped - just too much going on for me. The lovely hair brooch was just right. The gentleman you are standing with is very dashing - that coat - wow. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Just got the glasses. I feel all Harriet Pottery. I should have just kept with the diamond studs I always wear. The coat David is wearing is actually an old preacher's coat and has some amazing embroidery on it. He's also in the last image.

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  3. I am glad you looked like a star regardless of the others. Your hair looks fabulous with that detail of the brooch. You look elegant in your outfit. And the tables look divine and I am so glad you took photos to share!

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    1. It was a super fun party and everything was perfect!

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  4. Meg, you look so beautiful! I agree with Elizabeth. A few ballet dancers would have been more appropriate. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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  5. Hi Meg, I'm not sure either, but I think the guy on the stairs was trying to symbolize the concept of Lawsuit. The plastic-wrapped characters are a modern update on the Phantom of the Opera, called the Nightmares in the Museum. They prove that not only children at Disneyland can be frightened by wandering, costumed characters.

    Jokes aside, your photos highlight the elegance of the updated galleries, and the glowing artworks have become even more jewel-like. And you look like a million dollars, so it was worth celebrating this special occasion.
    --Jim

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    1. Lawsuit! That's it. He was interpreting a lawsuit.

      The art did look stunning and the table decor was just amazing!

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  6. What fun indeed. Why don't you step into the 21st century and get your years pierced? It was a clip on earring that fell off right? I wear cheap cubic zirconia earrings. and they even come with a back up clear silicone "lock" to keep the thing on. anyway yes you need to wear nice posts but there are bargains to be had. Performance art, well anything goes and David Sedaris ' essays gave me a new angle on this movement LOL Meg, you were a different generation of performance art, your role was that of what you expected one to wear and you starred . I suppose more people need to read Bill Cunningham from the NYT he is the best.

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    1. Actually, i do have pierced ears. The backing on one was very loose and it fell off, and the earring fell out. I was actually going to wear clip-ons, but changed my mind at the last minute.

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  7. That event design was spectacular! I loved your outfit, and just want to see even more photos. I quite like performance art, but I think if you're going to live in California, as I do, you gotta come to terms with it;).

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    1. LPC - it depends on the performance art... this was very creepy and strange and a little menacing.

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  8. Meg, I would have given my right arm to be where you were! What fun! I bet I know who did the tablecloths. Those and the flowers were more interesting than the artwork. I think the performance artists represent gluttony, greed, and hopelessness. People have no sense oif decorum anymore. I went to a barn dance on Sat. Held in a barn and the tables were covered in white cloths. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

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    1. Ohhh, white tablecloths in a barn? Should have been gingham!

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  9. Oh, that looks like a fun and interesting time. Love your dress and your glasses.
    Kathleen

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  10. It's never a bad thing to be the most dressed up one in the room -it leaves people thinking you're important and/or glamorous ;-) Looks like fun (other than the weird saran wrap dressed 'dancers'). I went to a black tie event Saturday (AIA awards dinner) at Union Station -it's really fun when everyone dresses up to the 9s. Makes all the difference in this casual world we live in.

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    1. We had our AIA awards a few weeks ago. Not black tie though.

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  11. You look gorgeous Meg and people SHOULD dress for these special events! Wonderful tables and how fun and fascinating at the gallery!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  12. great photos + you look stunning, xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  13. Meg,
    You look spectacular.
    Please consider a "Pin it"feature to your photos.
    I think we used to know each other in Roland Park.

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    1. Thanks, Andee! There is a Pin It button. Just hover over the image and it should show up. If it doesn't, click on the image and it will open it, and you can pin from there!

      We might have known each other!

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  14. It all looks so divine, especially that gallery wall and your outfit. That up-do is cute too! I'm glad you made the effort to dress appropriately for this event and I wish the others did too. I attended the opera this past weekend and I'm pleased to report that the majority of people made an effort, thank goodness.

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    1. Thanks, CD! The up-do barely worked! I thought my hair was long enough, and i certainly needed to have my hair up!

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  15. Meg, you look lovely and what a shame that more individuals didn't choose to dress up. The table treatments and designs were so creative and stunning.... I love the use of color in the designs to coordinate with the art. I am so glad you had a great evening!

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  16. You look absolutely divine from the collar to the spectacles that I would seriously love to own myself. Your comments had me laughing in a good way! So funny, and what a fantastic evening.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! The specs are Ted Baker.

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  17. Why didn't you bring me as your date???? Ugggh! What an elegant, special evening. Loved the preview photos on your Instagram site. And you looked beautiful, my friend. xoxox

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    1. HA! I was someone else's guest! Lots of fun!

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