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.
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 Boeing Cimaglia Productions Francis Coppola Wines Franczek Radelet P.C. Invesco Mayer Brown Vedder Price Walgreens 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