Maria Pinto, Billy Corgan, and Christie Hefner were among the 3,000 guests who attended last night’s Vernissage, EXPO CHICAGO’s opening night preview which raised $200,000 for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago.
“It is incredible to see the overwhelming support of Chicago’s cultural, civic and business leaders along with our galleries, artists and institutions for the second annual opening of EXPO CHICAGO and the MCA’s Vernissage,” notes President and Director of the exposition Tony Karman.
The celebratory evening, co-chaired by MCA Trustee and Women’s Board member Sally Meyers Kovler and MCA Women’s Board member Cheryl Seder, began at 6:00 p.m. as guests made their way through the uniquely-designed exposition by Studio Gang Architects, led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang.
Getting a first look at the artwork on display, patrons also enjoyed food from restaurants such as 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 Company; and coffee from Metropolis Coffee.
MCA Chicago’s Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn welcomed guests to Vernissage stating, “Only in Chicago would we have this incredible combination of civic commitment, art, artists and museums in once place.” Grynstejn thanked all guests for their contribution to the museums unique programming and exhibitions. The group concluded their remarks with a champagne toast provided by Ruinart.
For more information on EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK, visit www.expochicago.com.