Junior Associates to Host Black-Tie Art Acquisition Dinner

Dallas, TX, February 18, 2005—The Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates Circle will host its 12th annual An Affair of the Art art acquisition dinner Saturday, Feb. 26, at the DMA, during which the group will select a new work of art to purchase for the Museum’s permanent collection with funds raised from underwriting and table sales.

This year’s black-tie event, co-chaired by Cecily and Scott Gooch and Casey and Clayton Kennington, will feature a Cuban theme: “La Noche Pintada—The Painted Night,” and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a presentation by Dallas Museum of Art curators of three works proposed for acquisition.

"We wanted a theme that would warm people up in February,” said event co-chair Cecily Gooch. “Old-world Cuba conjures up warm, colorful and vivacious images such as dancing, drinking mojitos and enjoying the company of friends. We are planning a fun night that will incorporate all of these experiences."

The works of art to be presented are Syamatara, a 15th-century Tibetan statue made of gilt-copper alloy and turquoise; Bench (2003), designed by Zaha Hadid (British, born Iraq 1950) and made of aluminum; and Water-Flow Monitoring Installations on the Rio Grande Near Presidio, TX, Part 4: Facing North, The Cableway and Retaining Wall, 9AM (2002–2003), a contemporary painting by Rackstraw Downes (American, born England 1939).

Members of the Junior Associates attending the event will vote on their favorite work during dinner. The announcement of the acquisition will be made during dessert prior to dancing.

“This event is one of the highlights of the Junior Associates calendar, and it is a great privilege to be a part of such a worthy gala," said event co-chair Casey Kennington.

Major underwriters for this year’s An Affair of the Art are Cecily and Scott Gooch, Highside Capital, Ann and Lee Hobson, Katherine B. Perot, and Amy and Corey Prestidge. In-kind support is provided by RSVP/Soirée, Starbucks Coffee Company, Appleton Estate Rum/Brown Forman, Vicki Hall Staffing, Andrew Ormsby Catering, Nōka Chocolate Fetzer Five Rivers Ranch and Korbel Champagne. Event design is provided by Todd.event design.creative services.

An Affair of the Art began in 1994 as a way to raise money for the Dallas Museum of Art’s acquisition fund. During the event, curators present three to four works of art for consideration by members of the Junior Associates. Guests vote on which work of art is to be purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection, using funds raised by the dinner.

Fourteen works of art have been acquired since 1994, including the contemporary work by Jack Pierson, Anytown USA (2000), purchased last year.

The Junior Associates membership level was established in 1990. Currently, the group has more than 275 members who range in age from 25 to 40.