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ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ROY LICHTENSTEIN:A RETROSPECTIVE PREVIEW GALA + AFTERPARTY

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ROY LICHTENSTEIN:A RETROSPECTIVE PREVIEW GALA + AFTERPARTY

Ikram Goldman on stage with Linda Johnson Rice, Deisree Rogers, Kate Nisser and other fine ladies belting out Journey’s “Don’t stop believing.” this was the type of amazing fun that was on hand at the after-party-Crash the Gala for the Art Institute’s Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective preview Gala Friday night. Before the after-party, the night began with a reception, opportunity to view the entire exhibit before it is open to the public and a sit down dinner. Guests such as Renee Crown, Sugar Rautbord, Linda Johnson Rice, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Prabhakant Sinna and many more mingled and marveled at the Lichtenstein pieces.

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, the largest  exhibition to date which will run from May 22- September 3, was organized and partly curated by James Rondeau of the Art Institute. The exhibit spans his career of artwork from his earlier  comic inspired works that elevated him as a famous pop artist to the completely unexpected, including never-before-seen drawings, paintings, and sculpture.


The intricacy and detail of his work is so impressive and to be able to see all these  up close in one setting is quite a gift albeit wishing it were part of one’s own personal collection. There were numerous collectors in attendance that night as well.

Some of his work between 1951-60 seemed Picasso influenced.  My favorite pieces were the Mickey one(Look Mickey I hooked one), Cubist life with glass and peeled lemon.

There were so many Art Institute patrons and sponsors and supporters  at this event. Richard Sigmund of the Lichtenstein Estate was in attendance.  Mrs. Renee Crown was so pleasant. Crash The Gala emcee Mickey Boardman was magnetic and he has this really great positive energy about him.

The afterparty which was held in Terzo Piano, hosted by Ikram Goldman, was transformed into fun land replete with Popcorn, hotdog stand, ice cream station with Ciao Bella sorbet, waffle cones, open bar, Ray Ray  Sunshine the burlesque dancer who took everything off but the nipple tassels and thong.  A guest at the afterparty noted the juxtaposition of the design downstairs(Heffernan Design) in the dining area to upstairs at the party(Kehoe). This was truly one of the best parties I’ve been to in a while and everyone had a great time. It seemed the “adults” got more into it and had a blast.  Emma of Tres Awesome and Jenai were my dance buddies for the night.

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