The Museum Council of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, invites you to

The Summer Party

Saturday, June 7, 2014
 8–11 pm

  • Music by NYC DJ duo, AndrewAndrew
  • Cocktails and full bar, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing
  • Juried silent art auction
  • Black tie

Summer Party Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Dunne Marcoulier, Jeff Merselis, and Gina Morda
VIP Benefit Print Artist: Remi Thornton

The Summer Party is the premier kick-off to summer for young and stylish Bostonians. A social calendar highlight for the past ten years, this annual event raises vital operating support for the Museum of Fine Arts. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Summer Party benefits an endowed Museum Council Special Exhibition Fund.

Held in the MFA’s elegantly transformed Shapiro Family Courtyard, this year’s Summer Party transports guests to a sunset-inspired soirée evocative of art deco Miami Beach. Sip and savor cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; dance to music by New York-based DJ duo, AndrewAndrew; and browse and bid on pieces in our juried silent art auction. The Summer Party is a chance to revel at Boston’s most renowned art museum, with the chicest crowd at the black-tie event of the season!

SUMMER PARTY UPDATE (4/17/14): 
VIP tickets are going fast! Only 4 limited edition VIP benefit print photographs by artist Remi Thornton remain available.

 

 

Photo by Helene Norton-Russell Photography, 2013.

Purchase Tickets

VIP Contributors: Platinum, Gold, and Silver

bookmarkAn ideal way to celebrate and support the MFA in style!
Please note VIP Contributor tickets are limited and are not discounted during the pre-sale period.

As of 4/17/14 only 4 VIP Benefit Prints by artist Remi Thornton are available.

PLATINUM $5,000
20 VIP tickets to the Summer Party
Exclusive access to the Summer Party VIP Lounge with private bar and hors d'oeuvres
Reserved Seating in the VIP Lounge for you and your guests with dedicated waiter service
One limited edition benefit print by a contemporary artist (quantity is limited and not guaranteed)
Invitations for you and your guests to the VIP Benefit Print Reception – join fellow Summer Party VIPs for a special evening in advance of the Summer Party to celebrate with the event’s featured artist at a renowned Boston gallery.
Individual/Company's name recognized on event invitation (if received by March 28)
Individual/Company's name on select event signage and event program (if received by May 19)
$2,000 is not tax-deductible.

GOLD $2,500
10 VIP tickets to the Summer Party
Exclusive access to the Summer Party VIP Lounge with private bar and hors d'oeuvres
Reserved Seating in the VIP Lounge for you and your guests with dedicated waiter service
One limited edition benefit print by a contemporary artist (quantity is limited and not guaranteed)
Invitations for you and your guests to the VIP Benefit Print Reception – join fellow Summer Party VIPs for a special evening in advance of the Summer Party to celebrate with the event’s featured artist at a renowned Boston gallery.
Individual/Company's name recognized on event invitation (if received by March 28)
Individual/Company's name on select event signage and event program (if received by May 19)
$1,000 is not tax-deductible.

SILVER $1,000
4 VIP tickets to The Summer Party
Exclusive access to the Summer Party VIP Lounge with private bar and hors d'oeuvres
One limited edition benefit print by a contemporary artist (quantity is limited and not guaranteed)
Invitations for you and your guests to the VIP Benefit Print Reception – join fellow Summer Party VIPs for a special evening in advance of the Summer Party to celebrate with the event’s featured artist at a renowned Boston gallery.
Individual/Company's name recognized on event invitation (if received by March 28)
Individual/Company's name on event program (if received by May 19)
$400 is not tax-deductible.

Please note, no pre-sale, Museum Council or Patron Program member discount applies to Platinum, Gold, or Silver VIP Contributor Levels.

VIP: Dual and Individual

bookmarkTake your party experience to the next level! Please note VIP tickets are limited.

As of 4/17/14 only 4 Limited Edition VIP Benefit Prints by artist Remi Thornton are available! VIP tickets will continue to be available after all benefit prints are sold out but those tickets will not include a benefit print.

Enjoy exclusive access all night long to the VIP Lounge and a benefit photograph by a contemporary artist (quantity is limited and not guaranteed).

DUAL VIP GUEST $550
$500 for Museum Council & Patron Program Members

2 tickets to the Party
Exclusive access to the Summer Party VIP Lounge with private bar and hors d'oeuvres
1 limited edition benefit print by a contemporary artist (quantity is limited and not guaranteed)
Invitation to the VIP Benefit Print Reception – join fellow Summer Party VIPs for a special evening in advance of the Summer Party to celebrate with the event’s featured artist at a renowned Boston gallery.
Name recognized on the event invitation (if received by March 28)
Name recognized on the event program (if received by May 19)
$200 is not tax-deductible

INDIVIDUAL VIP GUEST $300
$250 for Museum Council & Patron Program Members

1 VIP ticket to the party
Exclusive access to the Summer Party VIP Lounge with private bar and hors d'oeuvres
1 limited edition benefit print by a contemporary artist (quantity is limited and not guaranteed)
Invitation to the VIP Benefit Print Reception – join fellow Summer Party VIPs for a special evening in advance of the Summer Party to celebrate with the event’s featured artist at a renowned Boston gallery.
Name recognized on the event invitation (if received by March 28)
Name recognized on the event program (if received by May 19)
$100 is not tax deductible

Please note: there is a limit of a total of two VIP tickets at the discounted member price for Museum Council and Patron Program members. (i.e. Museum Council and Patron Program members cannot purchase two sets of Dual VIP tickets at the discounted rate. Please consider the Silver, Gold, or Platinum VIP Contributor levels if you are interested in purchasing more than two VIP tickets to the Summer Party.)

Guest Ticket

bookmarkYou are the life of the party and the Museum is your oyster for this special evening!

GUEST TICKET $200
$150 for Museum Council & Patron Program Members

1 ticket to the Summer Party
$100 is not tax-deductible

Please note: there is a limit of two tickets at the discounted member price for Museum Council and Patron Program members.

Details

2014 Summer Party Benefit Print Artist: Remi Thornton

bookmarkUPDATE: As of 4/17/14 only 4 VIP Benefit Prints remain - VIP tickets sales have been very strong!

Each year the Museum Council collaborates with a contemporary artist on a limited edition artwork exclusively for the Summer Party and VIP ticket holders (quantity is limited and not guaranteed).

The Museum Council is thrilled to collaborating with Gallery Kayafas to present the 2014 Summer Party Benefit Print Artist: Remi Thornton. The Tulsa, Oklahoma born photographer is a 2001 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and is currently represented in the Boston area by Gallery Kayafas. Thornton’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and his photographs are highly collected by private and public collections including Fidelity Investments. Recent exhibitions of Thornton’s work include Jesus Coming Soon (Gallery Kayafas, 2014) and On the Road (Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York, 2012). Thornton lives in Melrose, Massachusetts with his wife and a heavily photographed Chihuahua/Pug mix named Winnie Cooper.

Known for his unique nightscape photographs taken of silent and empty spaces ranging from parking lots, abandoned houses, and street views, the artist describes the experience of these images as:
“Together, we’re on the cusp of witnessing an event, which could be odd, frightening or even supernatural… It’s what’s lurking in the darkness and in the corners that makes these images so mysterious. The next missing frame becomes as relevant as the photograph itself, and it’s up to you to complete the story.”

One can only wonder what Remi Thornton would be doing if his first Digital SLR had been delivered during daylight hours. But because UPS dropped by after dark, the earliest exposures captured by Thornton were necessarily long ones. Since that fateful night he has embraced the medium and technique. Using only atmospheric street lighting, he has developed a style that some have referred to as “…the epitome of proper creepy.”

For more information about Remi Thornton, please visit: the artist's website and Gallery Kayafas

VIP Benefit Print Reception: Wednesday, May 7

bookmarkSummer Party guests who purchase VIP or VIP Contributor level tickets to the event will be invited to:

The VIP Benefit Print Reception
Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Gallery Kayafas


The evening will be a chance to meet the 2014 Summer Party Benefit Print Artist: Remi Thornton, receive your benefit print, and mingle with other Summer Party VIPs a month before the party.

Evening will include remarks from gallery director Arlette Kayafas and artist Remi Thornton.
Wine, beer, other refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Gallery Kayafas is located in Boston's South End at 450 Harrison Avenue, #37, Boston, MA 02118

Juried Silent Art Auction

bookmarkThe Summer Party is a perfect opportunity to choose from approximately 25 paintings, prints, photographs, or works in other media by emerging and established artists. Proceeds from the silent art auction directly benefit the artist and the MFA.

Stay tuned for an online preview of the 2014 Silent Art Auction items in early May 2014!

Summer Party Host Committee

bookmarkA great party starts with a great host committee. The MFA would like to thank the following members for their contributions to this year’s Summer Party:

Co-Chairs Gina Morda
Elizabeth Dunne Marcoulier
Jeff Merselis

Host Committee
Jason Baletsa
Dawn Belizaire
A. Kenneth Bonanno II
Emily Burns
Seetal Cheema
Brendan Ciecko
Catherine Creighton
Claudine Donikian
Nemisha Dawra
Erika Gorman
Joshua Janson and Benjamin McGuire
Alexander Aldrich Krisak
Amy Marston
Tom McGauley
Shane Merriweather
Meg Miller
Pia Miller
John O’Leary
Hadley Planting
Katherine Post
Charlotte Riggs
Nina Lewis-Schroeder and William Schroeder
Derek Taff
Craig Tevolitz
Britten Tyler
Julia Volfson
Robert A. White
Amy Winnen
Emi Winterer

Celebrate and Support

The Summer Party is the MFA's annual black tie bash for young and stylish Bostonians and a vital part of the Museum Council's mission to support the Museum of Fine Arts.