RECAP: The Blanton’s Off the Wall Gala and Art on The Edge After Party
This past weekend, the Blanton Museum of Arthosted its 2015gala, Off the Wall, an elegant evening honoring outgoing University of Texas President Bill Powers and celebrating the vital role the Blanton plays in the cultural landscape of Austin and destinations way beyond our city limits. The black–tie event was attended by more than350 supporters of the museum and raised $850,000 to provide essential funding in support of the Blanton’s wide range of programs for students, children, and adults.
“This year’s gala was truly special,”remarked Blanton director Simone Wicha. “Not only were we able to honor Bill Powers, a longtime champion of the Blanton and of the arts, but we were also joined in this celebrationby hundreds of guests from Texas and across the country. The fundsraised atthis event will support ourexhibitions and programs, and enable us to continue to serve campus and community in innumerable ways.”
The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception in the Blanton’s Rapoport Atrium where guests mingled and enjoyed a special previewof the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. Afterward, guests made their way across the street to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for a dinner catered by the Four Seasons Austin and decorated to the nines by the dream team at Mandarin Design Lab. At the conclusion of the gala,guests returned to the Blanton for Art on the Edge, the museum’s high–energy after–party. Nearly 600 guestsdanced the night away to live musicby Memphis Train Revueand tunes spun by DJ Mel.
Spotted: Austin Mayor Steve Adler, SuzanneDeal Booth, Ann S. Butler, Ross Moody, Pam and Boots Willeford, and Candice and Vince Young, plus Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli. Also among the luminaries were Houston social powerhouse Carolyn Farb and John Daniels, along with gala event chairs Judy and Charles Tate and Art on the Edge chair Kate Perez, along with husband Hector. Out of state guests included Director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear, with whom the Blanton just announced a major permanent Austin installation.