See an Art Museum's "Surrealistically Chic" Gala

The Art Institute of Chicago feted its new Magritte exhibition with a surrealist gala.

Frost handled the lighting and created cloud-filled projections to go with the floating clouds above the dinner tables.

Photo: Cheri Eisenberg

Magritte: Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 opened last week at the Art Institute of Chicago, and to celebrate the new exhibition—and the surrealist artist —the museum gave its Woman's Board and Board of Trustees gala a “Surrealistically Chic” theme on June 20. Invitees were invited to preview the exhibit and experienced a taste of the artist's whimsy throughout the whole evening.

HMR Designs handled design for the gala. The firm's creative director, Bill Heffernan, said the decor was a “playful, almost cartoonish take on Magritte's work.” Along with 45 floating clouds, decorative touches included a giant bowler-hat centerpiece, LED-lit cubes holding single green apples, and cloudy projections from Frost. The in-house Bon Appetit Catering also got whimsical with its offerings, which ranged from a top-it-yourself pretzel bar to beer sorbet.

Here's a look inside the imaginative evening, which drew 500 guests and raised $1.3 million. The exhibition will run through October 13.

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