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40th Anniversary: Nothing Is As It Appears

October 12, 2013
6:30–10:00 p.m.
Modern Wing

The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago hosted Nothing Is As It Appears, a masked soiree, presented by Buccellati, in honor of the board's 40th anniversary. Over 350 guests enjoyed an unexpected evening of ethereal environments and enchanting attire that celebrated its founding members, along with the accomplishments and history of the oldest arts auxiliary board in the nation. 

The experience began with cocktails at the Grand Staircase. Following the libations, guests were escorted to the museum’s beautiful and transformed Griffin Court for a dining experience full of mystery, music, and visual art. Throughout the evening, guests encountered unexpected juxtapositions and beautifully orchestrated chaos in keeping with Surrealist tradition. At the end of dinner, Buccellati presented one lucky guest, Angela Elbert, with a beautiful gold bracelet valued at $20,000. The evening was capped off with an exciting after-party in Terzo Piano where guests danced the night away to the mixes of DJ Madrid.

In honor of this momentous anniversary, the Auxiliary Board matched $100,000 of the funds raised during the course of the evening. These funds will go toward a special anniversary gift to the museum in connection with the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938, opening in June 2014.


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Event Chairs
Toni Canada
Roxy Goebel
Jade Newburn
Matt Pettinelli
Stephen Somogyi

Honorary Co-Chairs
Paul H. Dykstra
David P. Earle III
Thomas E. Keim
Ellen A. Stirling

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Presented by Buccellati
Platinum Sponsor
McGrath Lexus of Chicago
Gold Sponsors
2550 Lincoln Park
Cimaglia Productions
Francis Coppola Wines
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Mayer Brown
Vedder Price
Winston & Strawn   
Silver Sponsors
Burt Family Foundation
Pircher, Nichols & Meeks
Worth New York

Media Sponsor
Michigan Avenue Magazine

Mask Sponsor
Chicago Costume

Wine and Spirits Sponsors
Francis Coppola Wines
Double Cross Vodka
Don Julio Tequila
Beer generously provided by Carrie Reyes

Photo © Powell Photography, Inc.