Museum Of Fine Arts Houston Gala Celebrates Degas
By: Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Jenny Antill and Wilson Parish
THE SCENE: The 2016 Grand Gala Ball drew more than 450 guests to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Cullinan Hall for an evening themed Come Dance with Me! celebrating the exhibition Degas: A New Vision and the artist’s iconic ballerinas. Guests entered a tent decked with rose gold garlands and five sparkling chandeliers for a night of epic dining and dancing. During the cocktail hour, a tableau vivant performance by ballerinas atop a rose petal covered pedestal brought Degas’s work to life through the gestures of his graceful subjects.
THE VIBE: The life and influences of French artist Edgar Degas was the vibe of the evening. Décor by Todd Events included tables set with centerpieces of antique pink garden roses, crystal candelabras, luxurious linens, and pavé floral columns. Guests danced the night away enjoying the sounds of the Jordan Kahn Orchestra.
City Kitchen wowed the crowd with a menu that included lobster salad, pan roasted breast of chicken with Cognac and crème fraiche, and pumpkin with sage and hazelnuts. For dessert, guests indulged in ile flottante with crème anglaise. Wines were generously donated by Lee and Cristina Hudson, and Lisa and Ralph Eads—supplying the event with their spectacular Chardonnay from Napa, and Bordeaux from Saint Émilio, respectively.
THE CAUSE: This year’s gala was chaired by Laurie and Reed Morian and raised over $1.85 million, directly benefitting the operating budget of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Underwriters for the event included The Honorable and Mrs. Hushang Ansary, Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Barbara and Gerald D. Hines, Robert and Janice McNair, The Sarofim Family, Diane Lokey Farb, Cherie and Jim Flores, Lynne and Joe Hudson, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Alfred C. Glassell, III, Carol and Michael Linn, and Lisa and Ralph Eads.