Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “The City of Lights” Léger Party

Nearly 700 guests gathered to celebrate the opening of "Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis."

On October 10th, 2013, the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and CEO Timothy Rub (above with guest Pia RoyChowdhury) hosted nearly 700 guests to celebrate the opening of Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, which runs through January 5th, 2014. Guests enjoyed a “City of Lights”-themed evening, with cabaret music, light fare from STARR catering and cocktails (including the raspberry beret) as the museum was stylishly transformed to evoke the streets of Paris.

Below, from left: Reg and Michelle Archambault with Shawn Martin, Young Friends executive board co-chair (along with Gabriela Guaracao, not pictured here).

Below, from left: Mark Pfeifer, Nicole Johnson, Young Friends planning committee and Alexander Hankin, Young Friends executive board.

Below, from left: Alison Becker and Danielle Hankin.

Below: Terry Low and Lori Riley. Terry has loaned some of his collection of Alexandra Exter works for the exhibit. He told me when he bought the art work at an auction, he didn’t realize the significance until the curator of the Léger exhibit contacted him to ask if it could be part of the show.

Below: Brent Martin, general manager at the Four Seasons Hotels, and Gail M. Harrity, president at Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Friday, October 18th, nearly 100 regional business leaders, Philebrities and area youth are in for the thrill of a lifetime as they rappel 31 stories down One Logan Square for “Building Adventure 2013,” a fundraiser that supports programs at Philadelphia Outward Bound School and hosted by The Four Seasons.

Below: Brett and Jennifer Schulman.

Below: Brian and Laura Torchin, members of the Young Friends.

Below, from left: Jennifer Frances and Freddie Booker, looking stylish.

Below, from left: Sean Coghlan, Nick France and Kevin McMahon.

Below, from left: Adelina Vlas, ‎assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Erica Battle and Ingrid Schaffner, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Ingrid tells me this is the first time since the 1950s that a Léger exhibit has been organized and shown at the museum.

Below, from left: Robbi Toll (who, with husband Bruce Toll, is a sponsor of the exhibit) and Helene Hankin.