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Hot young professionals shun the holiday craze for a wild art party

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19 Michael Dinh, from left, Amanda Shagrin and David Vassar at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Michael Dinh, from left, Amanda Shagrin and David Vassar at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
12 Chris and Divya Brown, from left, and Steve and Jen Dolman at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Chris and Divya Brown, from left, and Steve and Jen Dolman at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
13 Lindsay Grossman, from left, Tracy Leibovitz and Jessica Phifer at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Lindsay Grossman, from left, Tracy Leibovitz and Jessica Phifer at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
18 crowd, venue at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
The "fires" were burning at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
17 Caroline LeBlanc, left, and Liz Anders at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Caroline LeBlanc, left, and Liz Anders at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
14 Megan Killion and Conor McEvily at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Megan Killion and Conor McEvily at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
8 Wirt Blafer and Nina Delano at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Wirt Blaffer and Nina Delano at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
11 Sara Cain, left, and Lela Brodsky at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Sara Cain, left, and Lela Brodsky at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
6 Lizzy Greene, left, and Devon Liedtke at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Lizzy Greene, left, and Devon Liedtke at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
7 Joseph Munguia, from left, Ana Lucia Teran, Katie Patterson and Meredith Allison at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Joseph Munguia, from left, Ana Lucia Teran, Katie Patterson and Meredith Allison at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
10 Chad and Cynthia Mabry at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Chad and Cynthia Mabry at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
5 Ross Tomson, from left, Whitney Mears, Katie Mears, Elizabeth Gregory,  Margot Davis and Zach Davis at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Ross Tomson, from left, Whitney Mears, Katie Mears, Elizabeth Gregory, Margot Davis and Zach Davis at the Menil party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
4 Rachel Fitzgerald, from left,Betsey Stukes and Nishi Kothari at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Rachel Fitzgerald, from left, Betsey Stukes and Nishi Kothari at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
1 Capera and Igor Norinsky, from left, with Melissa Tuckerman at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
Capera and Igor Norinsky, from left, with Melissa Tuckerman at the Menil Contemporaries "Not a Holiday Party." Photo by © Jenny Antill
2 D.J. Sun at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
D.J. Sun, right, at the Menil party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
19 Michael Dinh, from left, Amanda Shagrin and David Vassar at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
12 Chris and Divya Brown, from left, and Steve and Jen Dolman at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
13 Lindsay Grossman, from left, Tracy Leibovitz and Jessica Phifer at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
18 crowd, venue at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
17 Caroline LeBlanc, left, and Liz Anders at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
14 Megan Killion and Conor McEvily at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
8 Wirt Blafer and Nina Delano at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
11 Sara Cain, left, and Lela Brodsky at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
6 Lizzy Greene, left, and Devon Liedtke at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
7 Joseph Munguia, from left, Ana Lucia Teran, Katie Patterson and Meredith Allison at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
10 Chad and Cynthia Mabry at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
5 Ross Tomson, from left, Whitney Mears, Katie Mears, Elizabeth Gregory,  Margot Davis and Zach Davis at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
4 Rachel Fitzgerald, from left,Betsey Stukes and Nishi Kothari at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
1 Capera and Igor Norinsky, from left, with Melissa Tuckerman at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013
2 D.J. Sun at the Menil Young Professionals party December 2013

What: The Menil Contemporaries "This Is Not a Holiday Party" event.

Where: At The Menil Collection.

The 411: More than 200 members of the museum's young professionals group, led by chairs Kelly Hamman and Jessica Phifer, embraced the non-holiday theme even though the hors d'oeuvres from Jackson and Co. followed a traditional holiday dinner influence and the cocktails from Mongoose versus Cobra had a decidedly festive flare. In lieu of any holly and mistletoe influences, Brooke Stroud and Eric Zimmerman of the museum's exhibition design team transformed the Menil foyer into a Magritte-inspired atmosphere complete with a projected roaring fireplace. The theme was an early spin-off of the Menil’s Magritte exhibition set to open in February.

Who: Divya and Chris Brown, Michael Dinh, Amanda Shagrin, Liz Anders, David Vassar, Lindsay Grossman, Tracy Leibovitz, Wirt Blaffer and Nina Delano, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Ross Tomson, Whitney Mears, Katie Mears, Elizabeth Gregory and Margot and Zach Davis.

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