Party of the Century

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.

Happy birthday BMA!!

DSC_2200Entering the newly reopened Historic Merrick Entrance.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the BMA Gala.

LabBodies on the dance floor.

DSC_3054Using the Wham City Lights app to look at the stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

DSC_2698 DSC_2701 DSC_2725 DSC_2729 DSC_2740 DSC_2757 DSC_9806 DSC_9877 DSC_9921 DSC_9990 DSC_2895 DSC_2906 DSC_2909 DSC_2910DSC_3050 DSC_2922 DSC_2958 DSC_2960 DSC_2966 DSC_2984 DSC_3002 DSC_3003 DSC_3008 DSC_3013 DSC_3026 DSC_3031 DSC_3044  DSC_3059 DSC_3071  LabBodies on the BMA front steps as the night ends.

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.)


See who else is going – Visit the event page on Facebook

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 Restaurant

Gertrude’s Restaurant

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 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:

Wham City Lights

Wham City Lights

LabBodies Performance
The sculptures of the future are alive! Baltimore-based Performance Art Laboratory LabBodies will bring their visions of the museum of the future to life at the ‪#‎BMA100Party‬.

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.

Laure Drogoul will be one of the LabBodies performers at the Party of the Century.

Laure Drogoul will be one of the LabBodies performers at the Party of the Century.

Pixilated Photobooth
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.

Stay charged
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.

Party of the Century Committee MembersParty of the Century Committee (C) 2014 dennis drennerParty of the Century Committee (C) 2014 dennis drenner

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 Party of the Century is generously sponsored by Jennifer and Jake Martin.

Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Bowl with Fruit and Flowers. c. 1885. The Baltimore Museum of Art: 101 West Monument Street Corporation Funds, BMA 1979.174

Louis Comfort Tiffany. Bowl with Fruit and Flowers. c. 1885. The Baltimore
Museum of Art: 101 West Monument Street Corporation Funds, BMA 1979.174

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.

13 thoughts on “Party of the Century

    1. Suse Cairns Post author

      Hi Maureen. Thank you for reaching out. It's lovely to hear you're coming to the event, but there are no discounts for additional tickets. We look forward to seeing you there.

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  2. Laura and George Thomas

    Will I receive emailed tickets, or are names held at the door. I do not see a confirmation.

    1. Suse Cairns Post author

      Hi Laura. You should have received an email at time of purchase. However, your names are held on the door, so you can just check in upon entry on the night of the event.

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  4. anne Nelson

    We paid for tickets but have not received them. Will we receive tickets or our names on the list at the event?

    Anne Nelson

    1. Suse Cairns Post author

      Hi Anne. You should have received electronic confirmation upon purchase, but your names will also be at the door, so you can just check in upon entry on the night of the event. Have a wonderful time.

  5. Jessica

    Where did the selfie photos taken with Lab Bodies selfie taker go from Saturday night? are they going to be posted?

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