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