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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
  • Live Painting by Jaybo Monk and El Mac
  • Cocktails and full bar, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing
  • Juried silent art auction
  • Black tie

After Party 
11 pm - 1 am
The Estate, One Boylston Place

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; browse and bid on pieces in our juried silent art auction; and check out live paintings being created at the event by Jaybo Monk and El Mac. 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!

Photo by Helene Norton-Russell Photography, 2013.

Purchase Tickets

Guest Ticket

You 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.

SOLD OUT AS OF 6/3/14: VIP TICKETS

Take your party experience to the next level!

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
A special VIP gift bag with goodies from Blank Label and Kent Newton Salon
Meet-and-greet with DJs AndrewAndrew for VIPs at the after party at The Estate
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

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.

SOLD OUT AS OF 5/7/14: VIP Contributors: Platinum, Gold, and Silver

An ideal way to celebrate and support the MFA in style!
Please note all VIP Contributor levels are sold out as of May 7, 2014.

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, the pre-sale discount, Museum Council or Patron Program member discount applies to Platinum, Gold, or Silver VIP Contributor Levels.

Details

After Party at The Estate

Please join us for The Summer Party: After Party at The Estate

11 pm to 1 am
One Boylston Place, Boston

We are thrilled to be partnering with Elite Entertainment
to create a special post-Summer Party after party experience!

Summer Party guests can enjoy:
~ A private entrance to The Estate for Summer Party guests only
~ Exclusive and private use of the second floor balcony with dedicated bar

VIP Summer Party ticket holders will also enjoy:
~ A private VIP room replete with full bar and a DJ
~ A meet-and-greet opportunity with Summer Party DJs AndrewAndrew who will be making a special appearance

Please note, Summer Party guests will not be charged an entry fee to The Estate.
The After Party is cash bar.

2014 Summer Party Benefit Print Artist: Remi Thornton

UPDATE:
Check out Remi Thornton's work, "Highlands," which will be available as part of The Summer Party Silent Art Auction:

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). Please note, Benefit Prints by artist Remi Thornton are sold out.

The Museum Council is thrilled to collaborate 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

Summer 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

The 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.

Preview the auction online here. (Just looking, no bidding until the event!)

Live Painting by Jaybo Monk and El Mac

We are thrilled to bring the work of Jaybo Monk and El Mac to Boston and to The Summer Party thanks to the hard work of photographer Todd Mazer. Working side by side at The Summer Party, Jaybo Monk and El Mac will create two unique paintings as AndrewAndrew dj and revelers revel.

While the work they create on the night of the big event will not be available for purchase, both artists along with fellow artist Augustine Kofie will be participating in The Summer Party Silent Art Auction. For a sneak peek and advance bidding on Paddle8, visit here.

About Jaybo Monk:
Always treading new paths, creative with every step, Jaybo, a Frenchman who lives in Berlin, is on a constant journey. With his store of memories he explores the world and draws an emotional topography of his life, consisting of half hidden visual fragments of memory that are revealing and timeless at the same time. He is an artist at art's end, where everything has already been painted, where all words have already been spoken, where the viral conduits of the internet merely fulfill the purpose of mediocrity, in which the imitator copies the replicator who copies the imitator and where, at each stage, some of the quality is sacrificed. Jaybo leaves the world of rules behind; he revolts against every form of this intoxication of imitation, rebels against all forms of institution and existing order. The artist follows paradoxical ideas, born of the legacy of Romanticism, ideas on the edge of insanity, orientated on childhood, nature, places of not-thinking. The result is a dance between the rational and irrational.

About El Mac:
Born in Los Angeles in 1980 to an engineer and an artist, Mac has been creating and studying art independently since childhood. He was inspired at a young age by classic European painters such as Caravaggio, and Vermeer and Art Nouveau symbolists such as Klimt and Mucha. This was mixed with the more contemporary influences of graffiti and photorealism, as well as as the Chicano & Mexican culture he grew up around.
He began painting with acrylics and painting graffiti in the mid ’90s, when his primary focus became the life-like rendering of human faces and figures. He has since worked consistently toward developing his unique rendering style, which utilizes repeating contour lines reminiscent of ripples. Turing patterns and indigenous North American art. In 1999 he began to paint portraits of his friends and anonymous Mexican Laborers in public spaces throughout the American southwest, both legally and illegally. He also started painting large technicolor aerosol interpretations of classic paintings by old European masters. This led to being commissioned in 2003 by the Groeninge Museum in Brugge, Belgium to paint his interpretations of classic Flemish Primitive paintings in the museum’s collection. He has since been commissioned to paint murals across the US, as well as in Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, South Korea, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, Singapore, Germany, Ireland, the UK, Vietnam and Cuba.

Summer Party Host Committee

A 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

Special Thanks

We are grateful to the following generous organizations and individuals who have donated their time, talents, and services to the Museum of Fine Arts and The Summer Party:
Art of the Event
Peterson Party Center
Port Lighting Systems
Winston Flowers

Remi Thornton, 2014 Benefit Print Artist
Arlette Kayafas and Gallery Kayafas

Todd Mazer Photography
El Mac
Jaybo Monk

Blank Label
Kent Newton Salon

Big Night Entertainment Group