Blanton’s Off the Wall Gala Draws Texas’ Artistic Elite
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by AzulOx Visuals, Jerry Hayes and Jen Perez
THE SCENE: A spectacular evening at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum was the setting for an evening of artistic inspiration, gratitude and largesse. Off the Wall: 2015 Blanton Museum of Art Gala and the Art on the Edge after party drew over 1,000 of Texas’ cultural and philanthropic elite to celebrate the museum’s ever-growing prominent place in Texas culture.
THE VIBE: The black-tie crowd began this “Off The Wall” evening inside the foyer of the Blanton, where patrons socialized over cocktails, marveling in awe of the massive Teresita Fernandez blue-hued art installation. Guests were then prompted across the street to the Bullock for the evening’s program where guests were wowed by the gorgeous shades of purple designed by the divine Mandarin Flower Company.
Inside, attendees dined on cuisine catered by The Four Seasons, while event emcees Mickey Klein and Simone Wicha entertained and wowed with their impeccable wit that brushed all the right strokes. The program’s highlights included an inspiring video showcasing the newly unveiled the upcoming Ellsworth Kelly project, as well as an inspiring tribute to outgoing University of Texas President Bill Power, a longtime champion of the Blanton.
After the program wrapped, the action moved back to the Blanton where the “Art on the Edge” after party was already in full swing with a bevy of additional hipster art-lovers, multiplying on the energy of the evening as guests from both events danced the night away, capping off an evening of artistic inspiration the attendees will not soon forget.
THE CAUSE: This biennial gala raised $850,000 for the essential support for programs sponsored by the Blanton including exhibitions, education programs and collection care. The event was led by honorary chairs Charles and Judy Tate along with regional chairs including Austin’s Janet and Wilson Allen, Jeanne Klein, Kathleen and Christopher Loughlin & Andrea McWilliams; Amarillo’s Ellen and Mark Bivins; Dallas’ Sally and Tom Dunning & Mike Myers; Ft. Worth’s Kit Moncrief; Houston’s Sylvie and Gary Crum & Leila and Walt Michner and New York City’s Jenny and Trey Laird & David Walker and David Beitzel. The After Party was chaired by Kate Perez.