Dazzling Degas

A dazzling first impression: Art VIPs celebrate Degas exhibition at preview and dinner

Dazzling first impression as VIPs celebrate Degas exhibit at dinner

Degas Opening Dinner
Guests at the Degas preview and dinner received one of the first looks at the MFAH blockbuster exhibition, Degas: A New Vision. Photo by Wilson Parish
Degas Opening Dinner:Henri Loyrette
Henri Loyrette curator of Degas: A New Vision, offered words of praise for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and his good friend, Director Gary Tinterow.  Photo by Wilson Parish
Degas Opening Dinner: Rich and Nancy Kinder
Rich and Nancy Kinder. Photo by Wilson Parish
Degas Opening Dinner: Leslie and Brad Bucher
Leslie and Brad Bucher. Photo by Wilson Parish
Degas Opening Dinner: Tom and Liz Glanville
Tom and Liz Glanville/\. Photo by Wilson Parish
Degas Opening Dinner
Degas Opening Dinner:Henri Loyrette
Degas Opening Dinner: Rich and Nancy Kinder
Degas Opening Dinner: Leslie and Brad Bucher
Degas Opening Dinner: Tom and Liz Glanville

What: Degas: A New Vision preview and dinner.

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The Scoop: Art lovers, patrons and friends of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston came together for a vibrant-colored celebration of the new blockbuster exhibition, Degas: A New Vision. The 200 guest delighted in a special preview look at this exhibition of paintings, sculptures, prints and photograph by the Impressionist master, Edgar Degas. Those early art birds who turned up for the Conversations with the Director program received a surprise treat, a chance to experience the comedy stylings of MFAH director Gary Tinterow and former Louvre director Henri Loyrette, the exhibition’s curators. In their talk filled with easy banter and humor, the old friends offered insights into this new vision and perspective on the art of Degas.

After the Conversation, guests strolled through the exhibition, arranged throughout the Upper Brown Pavilion galleries, for an intimate gaze at these masterworks that have seldom been on view together. Once they were filled up with visions of Degas’s portraits of Parisian life, the party indulged in a City Kitchen crafted-dinner of Degas-inspired dishes, including his favorite, macaroni au gratin. Mac and cheese never tasted so lovely nor so French. Tinterow began the dinner with thanks to the many organizations, art institutions and private lenders and donors who had made Degas: A New Vision possible.

Who: The international crowd of MFAH trustees, exhibition funders, and art-world guests included Karol and Paul Barnhart, Laurie and Reed Morian, Tony and Isaac Arnold, Pat Breen, Marsha and Tom Brown, Anne and Charles Duncan, Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, Lela and Robin Gibbs, Liz and Tom Glanville, Elise and Russell Joseph, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Elyse Lanier, and Domitille Loyrette.

The VIP crowd also included Linda and Walter McReynolds, Sara and Bill Morgan, Susanne and Bill Pritchard, Carol and Charlie Read, Macey and Harry Reasoner, Ann Trammell, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jeanie and Wally Wilson, and Nina Zilkha.