Art Institute of Chicago Gala SURREALISTICALLY CHIC Set for Today

Art Institute of Chicago Gala SURREALISTICALLY CHIC Set for Today

The Woman's Board and the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago are coming together to host a "Surrealistically Chic" Gala tonight, June 20, 2014, celebrating the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition, Magritte: Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. Considered by many to be the city's social event of the season, the Gala will provide guests with a private preview of the Magritte exhibition that will open to the public on June 24 and run through October 13, 2014.

René Magritte (1898-1967), the Belgian surrealist who continues to capture the world's imagination with his popular, provocative and often playful approach to his art, is the inspiration for an event that promises to evoke a Surrealist's dream. Guests will have their "heads in Magritte's clouds" courtesy of HMR Designs and Creative Director Bill Heffernan. Equally dazzling will be the inventive menu created by renowned Chef Tony Mantuano and his team at Bon Appetit Catering. Weather permitting, cocktails and Surrealist "surprises" will be served under the summer sky in Pritzker Garden before and after dinner.

"This Gala is our signature annual museum event," said Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our valued and respected community of civic leaders and philanthropists to come together to celebrate the museum and all that this institution has achieved. Their support has been vital in helping to make the Art Institute one of the city's premier cultural gems and a respected leader among art museums worldwide."

The partnership between the Woman's Board and the Board of Trustees to present this Gala is a longstanding tradition dating back decades. As co-hosts, the Woman's Board and the Board of Trustees share the same objective: to raise critical funds in support of the museum's mission and art education programs.

The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 20 with a private viewing of the Magritte show in the museum's Regenstein Hall, followed by dinner in Griffin Court in the Modern Wing. Guests will be able to view the exhibition throughout the evening.