Roy Lichtenstein Opening Gala at the Modern Wing Plus "Crash the Gala" After-Party Hosted by Ikram Goldman

The Art Institute's Women's Board ALWAYS plans spectacular and creative events but on Friday, May 11th, they hosted TWO back to back parties at the Modern Wing.   The night began with a gala for 600, co-chaired by Caryn Harris and Stephanie Field Harris,  celebrating the opening of  the largest exhibition of artist Roy Lichtenstein's works to date.  The colorfully clad, creative, black tie crowd had a first look at the 160 works in the exhibition that included never-before-seen drawings, paintings and sculpture.  Stunning decor by Bill Heffernan transformed the place into a pop-art explosion with many guests dressing the part in polka dots to echo the Ben-Day dots in some of the artwork.

Following dinner, guests moved upstairs to Terzo Piano where the "Crash the Gala" after-party was already in full swing with more than 400 guests taking advantage of the "after-party only"  ticket pricing.  Internationally renowned DJ, Jesse De La Pena (who, coincidentally,  played at Ikram's big 10th anniversary party at the Hudson Club last year) had everyone on the dance floor.  Here, decadent decor by Tom Kehoe  delighted the partygoers along with fun food from Bon Appetit that included hot dogs, popcorn, platters of bacon, pizza, ice cream and more!  Lucky guests were also treated to special performances by burlesque dancer Ray Ray Sunshine and cross-dressing entertainers Paul and Dan.   (Photos by Bob Carl and Dan Rest)

("Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" runs through September 3rd.  For more info, please click here!)

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