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A swanky River Oaks pool provides the perfect setting for a performance artist's VIP moment

A swanky River Oaks pool provides the perfect setting for major artist

4 Dean Gladden, from left, Andrew Davis, Marita Fairbanks and Jim Johnson at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Dean Gladden, from left, Andrew Davis, Marita Fairbanks and Jim Johnson. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
2 David Eagleman and Laurie Anderson at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
David Eagleman and Laurie Anderson. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
18 Stephan Farber, from left, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey and Danny David at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Stephan Farber, from left, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey and Danny David. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
12 Karen and Stephan Farber at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Karen and Stephan Farber. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
6 The dinner setting at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
The dinner setting. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
13 Leigh Smith, from left, with Jim and Jo Furr at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Leigh Smith, from left, with Jim and Jo Furr. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
17 Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
9 Joey and Nicole Romano at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Joey and Nicole Romano. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
8 James Bell, left, and Michael Clark at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
James Bell, left, and Michael Clark. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
7 Emily Church, from left, Mark Wawro, Claudia Schmuckli, Robin Held and Mark Mitchell at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
Emily Church, from left, Mark Wawro, Claudia Schmuckli, Robin Held and Mark Mitchell. Photo by © David A. Brown/dabfoto.com
4 Dean Gladden, from left, Andrew Davis, Marita Fairbanks and Jim Johnson at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
2 David Eagleman and Laurie Anderson at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
18 Stephan Farber, from left, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey and Danny David at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
12 Karen and Stephan Farber at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
6 The dinner setting at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
13 Leigh Smith, from left, with Jim and Jo Furr at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
17 Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
9 Joey and Nicole Romano at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
8 James Bell, left, and Michael Clark at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014
7 Emily Church, from left, Mark Wawro, Claudia Schmuckli, Robin Held and Mark Mitchell at the Laurie Anderson Dinner + Mitchell Artist Lecture September 2014

What: A post-lecture dinner honoring experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson.

Where: The River Oaks home of Marita and J.B. Fairbanks.

The 411: After her sold-out presentation at the second annual Mitchell Center Artist Lecture series at the University of Houston, the multi-media artist was guest of honor at a swank dinner attended by some 50 VIPs including UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts executive director Karen Farber. Guests mingled around the beautiful outdoor pool setting and supped on Mexican fare from the kitchen of Jackson and Co. and savored their time with the creative force.

Who: Dinner guests included UH Blaffer Art Museum director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning and Mark McCray, Alley Theatre managing director Dean Gladden, artist Josh Pazda and Tootsies' Chris Goins, art collector Judy Nyquist, Stephan Farber, Mark Wawro, Emily Todd and Rainey Knudson and Michael Galbreth.