Last Thursday 9/19, Chicagoans came in droves to support Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, for the weekend long International Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art (EXPO Chicago). The benefit co-chaired by Sally Meyers Kovler an MCA Trustee & Women’s Board member and MCA Women’s Board member Cheryl Seder raised over $200,000. The event drew 3,000 of some of Chicago’s finest and I was so happy to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones. Our coverage of the Vernissage kickoff HERE was s good indicator of what a great event it would be. MCA Board of Trustees Chair King Harris (guy’s kinda big deal) and Caryn Harris, Vice Chair Anne Kaplan and several members of the board including Marc Brooks, Elissa Hamid Efroymson and husband Adnaan Hamid Efroymson, Cari Sacks along with Husband Michael Sacks, Larry Fields and Marilyn Fields, Liz Lefkofsky and Eric Lefkofsky, Helen Zell and Sam Zell.
Upon arrival into Festival Hall at Navy Pier guests made their way upstairs. Northern Trust Bank, the presenting sponsor back for a second year had, had delegates in attendance including CEO Rick Waddell, Region President Steve ‘Mac” Maclellan, Alexis Geocaris, Ron Mallicoat, James Petitpren, Jeff Ellithorpe to name a few.
EXPO Chicago President Tony Karman who has spear headed the comeback of a major art fair in the midwest mingled with ease amongst guests and friends with his wife Sondra (in a shut sh!t down ah.mazing dress & shoes) at his side. Keep an eye out for upcoming ‘Best Dressed on the Scene.’
A short bit into the evening, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Madeleine Grynsztejn, City of Chicago Cultural Affairs Commissioner Michelle T. Boone, Northern Trust Bank’s Steve ‘Mac” Maclellan, Tony Karman all gave remarks thanking those in attendance for their support of EXPO, opening and pop of a magnum size type Ruinart bottle and toast to many more Vernissage and EXPO Chicago years to come and as Madeleine in closing told guests to buy the art featured in the numerous exhibiting galleries “put yo
The turnout for Vernissage was very impressive and so glad to see Chicago’s corporate, social, philanthropic and of course art scene all gathered to support this major initiative.
Can I just say Victor Skrebneski is fantastic! Upon spotting him he asked me if I was on TV(ha!), I said oh noo and he goes well you should be! Thats a man that knows how to smooth talk a lady.
One of the highlight pieces was the NRDCC hanging foliage structure that also proved interactive where guests poked their heads. Elizabeth Corr, NRDC’s Art Partnerships manager explained the piece and also told us about the moss for adoption which those that attended expo experienced.
In addition to the great pieces of art available, restaurants including Phil Stefani’s, 437, Carnivale, Eli’s Cheesecake, Embeya, Gallery Bar, Gemini Bistro/Rustic House, Harry Caray’s, iNG, Jordan’s Food of Distinction, Kapocha, MK, Moto, Paris Club, Pelago and ZED 451; spirits from City Winery, Effen Vodka and Lagunitas Brewing and Metropolis Coffee also provided nosh and sips for guests
Also spotted in attendance at Vernissage were: Kimberly Burt, Lara Shiffman, Dr. Marshall and Joan Goldin, Dawoud Bey, Jesper Jest, MCA Curators Michael Darling and Naomi Beckwith, Art Institute Curator James Rondeau, Maria Pinto, Nick Cave, John Carroll, Ally Cooke, Bob Faust, Neal Zucker, Desiree Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice, Alexa Rice, Nicola Jackson, Obi Nwazota, David Jude Green, Graunk Eizenberger, Ieva Kaseimira, Paolo Costagli, Eve Rogers, Stefanie Reed, Lesley Weisenbacher, Shelly Thompson and many more
An event like this would not have been possible without a great team working Behind The Scene so kudos to the CFA team-Mia, Carly, Nick, Eileen + for all their hard work.