Society / The Seen

This Museum’s 40th Anniversary Gala Lives Up to its Arty Hype

A Sexy Scene, a True Music Star and Powerhouse Restaurants Fuel the Dallas Contemporary’s Big Night

BY // 10.09.18
photography Tamytha Cameron Smith

Funky. Fashionable. Artful. Avant-garde. Conversation-worthy. All could be used to describe Dallas Contemporary and its roster of programming that ranges from fashion exhibitions to insightful shows that arouse thought-provoking issues. The same words could also be used in conversation about the museum’s 40th Anniversary Gala.

Referred to in brief as DC40, the Friday-eve event capped off a busy week — guests were no doubt thirsty for a cocktail and relieved to see that dinner was served by way of Headington Companies and the Joule hotel’s new catering division.

(For those familiar with Headington’s restaurants, the menu was a mix of something you could imagine ordering at anywhere from Sassetta to Mirador to CBD Provisions.)

A silent art auction cocktail kicked things off — we spotted new Dallas Contemporary board member and artist Richard Phillips snapping an iPhone shot of his own work, which was up for bid that night — before guests were ushered to the other side of Dallas Contemporary’s massive Design District space.

What awaited was a gallery transformed: Draped in scarlet and awash in red light, the dining room for the evening was moody to be sure — the perfect setting for Erykah Badu, who performed halfway through dinner, offering a sultry set that could have been plucked right from the sexiest of underground jazz clubs.

Post dinner came the usual trappings of a fundraising gala: live auction, remarks, and an after party. Onward to the next decade!

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PC Seen: Dallas Contemporary’s director Peter Doroshenko; DC40 gala chair Laree Hulshoff; DC board president Max Trowbridge; and guests including Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray, Adrianna and Andy Crosland, Suzanne and David Droese, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Kenny Goss, Joyce Goss, Kaleta Blaffer, and Tyler Catlett.

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