Saturday, November 15, 2014
This sold-out opportunity to dance the night away at the BMA offered guests a preview of the transformed American Wing whilst they enjoyed sophisticated cocktails, delicious savories, desserts, all provided by Linwoods, music from matmos, special entertainment from Wham City Lights, LabBodies, and Pixilated, and a few surprises. Proceeds benefitted the Museum’s new center for learning and creativity, scheduled to open in fall of 2015.
Thank you to everyone who turned out to celebrate the Museum’s 100th anniversary with us. You made the BMA’s Party of a Century a success.
See our photographs of the event below and on Pixelated, then use the #BMA100Party hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share your event pics and highlights from the night.
Photography by Maximillian Franz.
Merrick Historic Entrance
8:30 to Midnight
Members: $75 per person | Non-Members:
$100 $75 until October 15!
Buy Tickets Sold out
Dress code: Fabulous! (Cocktail dresses; black tie optional.)
- Parking & Uber Discount
Gertrude’s Special Menu ~ Exclusively for Party-Goers!Sold out
- Wham City Lights
- Labbodies Performance
- Pixilated Photobooth
- Stay charged
- Party of the Century Committee Members
- The Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing
Parking & Uber Discount
Parking is available at Johns Hopkins South Garage, off Wyman Park Drive. A complimentary shuttle will be running from the Garage to the Merrick Historic Entrance and Gertrude’s restaurant. Or, take the worry out of driving and use Uber . First-time Uber users, look for your discount code with your Party of the Century confirmation email. Please note: Art Museum Drive (east bound) will be closed the night of November 15.
Gertrude’s Special Menu
Gertrude’s celebrity chef John Shield’s has created a deluxe prix-fixe menu (PDF) just for this occasion! The cost is $50 per person, and includes a special signature cocktail. To make your reservation, visit gertrudesbaltimore.com or call 410-889-3399.
Please note: Reservations are almost full.
Wham City Lights
Bring your smart phones to the #BMA100Party. Wham City Lights are creating a special crowd-synched lightshow just for us. Download their iOS or Android app before you come: http://whamcitylights.com/app
Original performance works by: Laure Drogoul, Sophia Mak, Victor Torres, Sarah Tooley, Noelle Tolbert, Alex D’Agostino, and the Collaborative team of AhHa. Curated by Hoesy Corona and Ada Pinkston (Labbodies).
See the full program and performer biographies below.
Are you ready to Get Pixilated?! Pixilated Photobooth bring fun to everything they do, and the #BMA100Party will be no different. They’ll be joining us on the night to capture the people, outfits, and moments you don’t want to forget.
If your phone battery is dwindling, while you’re just getting started, pick up a BMA portable phone charger atThe NEW BMA Shop, open until 11 p.m. during the Party. While you’re there, don’t miss the gorgeous new BMA catalogue that covers the breadth of the Museum’s world-class collection or the gorgeous gifts inspired by the incredible art in the American Wing.
Some of Baltimore’s most creative and connected are planning the Party of the Century:
Jennifer Martin and Michael Rosenbaum, Co-Chairs
Laura Armstrong, Will Backstrom, Jeremy Batoff, Justin Batoff, Kate Bergin, Beverly Bentley Carroll, Suzy Dunn, Roswell Encina, Chris Espenshade, Meg Fairfax Fielding, Nupur Parekh Flynn, Karen Fowler, Amy and Ian Friedman, Elizabeth Himelfarb Hurwitz, Claire Broido Johnson, Alex Koff, Avendui and Andrew Lacovara, Brian Lawrence, Laurie Legum, Cynthia McIntyre, Cara Ober, Fiona Ong, Rhonda Overby, Karen and PJ Pearlstone, Rachel Rabinowitz, Amy Raehse, Meara Ranadive, Kirsten E. Sandberg, Mark Wagner, Sarah Wallack
The Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing
Experience a drop-dead gorgeous arena for discovery! The dramatic new presentation of the American Wing marks a major milestone in the BMA’s $28 million renovation. Party of the Century attendees will be among the very first to ascend the grand stairs on the plaza, enter through the Merrick Historic Entrance (opening for the first time in 30 years), toast the BMA in the elegantly restored Fox Court, and discover masterpieces of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.
Many of the 800 works on view–portraits, landscapes, furniture, and silver–were acquired by Baltimore families as contemporary art when they were brand new. Baltimoreans were open to fresh ideas, welcoming craftsmen from abroad who brought cutting-edge ideas with them. Displays in nine spectacular galleries explore this international character of American art fostered in part by Baltimore’s position as a major center for art production and a cross roads for foreign trade.
Two galleries are dedicated to modern American masterpieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Stella, and many other acclaimed artists. Surprising connections are revealed through juxtapositions of pieces such as Jackson
Pollock’s Water Birds (1943) with Frederick Shirley’s “lava” glass Vase (c. 1878), which anticipates drip painting by three quarters of a century. A selection of 21st-century objects, such as Richard Lee’s Sinking and Burning (2005), a cabinet with reverse glass painting, also reveal unexpected links between historic and contemporary American art.
Just one of the many highlights in the new presentation will be a stunning, light-infused gallery featuring outstanding examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s decorative works and those of his colleagues and competitors. See vibrant stained-glass windows, towering columns adorned with mosaics, an elaborate mantelpiece, and spectacular, silver objects. This breathtaking moment in the collection shows how decorative arts thrived in the glamorous late 19th century, achieving commercial and critical success.