On July 14, Eiffel Towers were awash in the reflective light of mirrored balls in the de Young Museum’s Wilsey Court for ArtPoint's third annual Bastille Day Party, Paris Is Burning. Burlesque accordion player Kitten on the Keys greeted over 800 young supporters of the arts at the door. The guests were decked out in exuberant cocktail attire. Sequins, leather, platform shoes, and ostrich plumes were the order of the evening.
On February 11, ArtPoint, the young professionals group for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young and the Legion of Honor) celebrated the closing of the exquisite Masters of Venice: Renaissance Paintings of Passion and Power exhibition at the de Young with an over the top Masquerade Ball.
With over 1,000 masked guests and entertainers in attendance, the evening was truly one of a kind. Guests were transported to 16th-century Venice with amazing works of art, spirited dancing, Italian-inspired cocktails by Solerno Blood Orange, wines from Stags' Leap, wonderful food by Union Street catering and danced the evening way listing to DJ David Carvalho.
This Saturday evening, ArtPoint will present Masters of Venice: A Masked Ball at the de Young. The festive affair -- elegant black tie dress code with mysterious Venetian masks strongly encouraged -- will celebrate the close of the Masters of Venice: Paintings of passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Chances are, you've already chosen a stunning dress and envy-ensuing heels, but have you settled on an evening clutch and mask to match?
The centuries-old tradition of a masquerade ball may have begun in France, but it was in Italy—particularly in Venice—where it ripened into the elaborate, intriguing and titillating amusement we've come to know through art, literature, film and theatre. Our friends at Artpoint and the de Young Museum invite you to a fabulous black-tie mascherata to bid farewell to one of their more popular exhibits, Masters of Venice: Paintings of Passion and Power, a stunning collection on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
1. Designers on Design: Tony Walton at The Museum of Performance and Design, Monday March 21, 7pm, $15-$30.
The Museum of Performance and Design launches their new conversation series, Designers on Design, tonight, with the legendary costume and set designer, Tony Walton. After a career as a Broadway set designer in NYC and London, Walton hit the big screen in 1964, as the costume designer and visual consultant for Mary Poppins. His detailed costume work was immediately recognized with an Oscar nod, but it wasn't until 1980 that he won an Oscar for his designs in All That Jazz. All of this and more will be discussed when Walton joins Brad Rosenstein, Curator of Exhibitions for the MPD, in an intimate conversation on Walton's life and five decades of work. Photos and footage behind-the-scenes of Broadway and Hollywood will accompany the conversation.
ArtPoint, a Fine Arts Museum affiliate whose goal is to encourage young professionals to become more involved in the local art scene, packed 111 Minna Gallery Thursday night with its first aMuse lecture series event of the 2009 season. The discussion "15 Minutes with Andy Warhol" (which lasted closer to two hours than 15 minutes) gave local art lovers a chance to parse Warhol's work and its lasting effects on the art community, even 22 years after the Pittsburgh, Penn. native met his untimely death.