Well-Tailored Soiree

Sophisticated art patrons party with style at Dallas Contemporary

Sophisticated art patrons party with style at Dallas Contemporary

Jessica Nowitzki, Barbara Daseke, Laree Holshoff, Lauren Preston, Bespoke
Jessica Nowitzki, Barbara Daseke, Lauren Preston, Laree Holshoff Photo by Jerry McClure
Mark Giambrone, Ted Hoffman, Hallie Alford, Michelle Moussa, Alfonso Montiel, Bespoke
Mark Giambrone, Ted Hoffman, Hallie Alford, Michelle Moussa, Alfonso Montiel Photo by Jerry McClure
Jeff Kearney, Olivia Kearney, John Lemak, Bespoke
Jeff Kearney, Olivia Kearney, John Lemak Photo by Jerry McClure
Faisal Halum, Brian Bolke, Niven Morgan, Bespoke
Faisal Halum, Brian Bolke, Niven Morgan Photo by Jerry McClure
Scott Campbell, Havilah Bender, Brad Oldham, Christy Coltrin, Abby Morgan, Bespoke
Scott Campbell, Havilah Bender, Brad Oldham, Christy Coltrin, Abby Morgan Photo by Jerry McClure
Muffin Lemak, John Lemak, Bespoke
Muffin Lemak, John Lemak Photo by Jerry McClure
Donnie Miller, Martha Wyly Miller, Bespoke
Donnie Miller, Martha Wyly Miller Photo by Jerry McClure
Rachel Jones, Brian Cook, Bespoke
Rachel Jones, Brian Cook Photo by Jerry McClure
Bespoke, Contemporary
Peter Doroshenko Photo by Jerry McClure
Roksalana Karmayzn, Peter Doroshenko, Bespoke
Roksalana Karmayzn, Peter Doroshenko Photo by Jerry McClure
Mayra Martinez, Lyndsey Rayfield, Bespoke
Mayra Martinez, Lyndsey Rayfield Photo by Jerry McClure
Michelle Moussa, Auctioneer, Bespoke
Michelle Moussa, Philae Knight Photo by Jerry McClure
Bespoke, Contemporary
Bespoke raised more than half a million dollars for the Dallas Contemporary. Photo by Jerry McClure
Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Nini Nguyen, Sue Gragg, Kane, Bespoke
Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Nini Nguyen, Sue Gragg, Kane Photo by Jerry McClure
Bespoke, Contemporary
Walter van Vierendonck designed bow ties and socks for the silent auction. Photo by Jerry McClure
David Nichols, Jane Weempe, Bespoke
David Nichols, Jane Weempe Photo by Jerry McClure
Jerry Miller, Robert Weatherly, Bespoke
Jerry Miller, Robert Weatherly Photo by Jerry McClure
Mary Alice Garrison, Taylor Boyd, Bespoke
Mary Alice Garrison, Taylor Boyd Photo by Jerry McClure
Ken Villalobos, Nadine Jones, Bespoke
Ken Villalobos, Nadine Jones Photo by Jerry McClure
Bernadette Schaeffler, Susan Posnick, Maxine Trowbridge, Bespoke
Bernadette Schaeffler, Susan Posnick, Maxine Trowbridge Photo by Jerry McClure
Jessica Nowitzki, Barbara Daseke, Laree Holshoff, Lauren Preston, Bespoke
Mark Giambrone, Ted Hoffman, Hallie Alford, Michelle Moussa, Alfonso Montiel, Bespoke
Jeff Kearney, Olivia Kearney, John Lemak, Bespoke
Faisal Halum, Brian Bolke, Niven Morgan, Bespoke
Scott Campbell, Havilah Bender, Brad Oldham, Christy Coltrin, Abby Morgan, Bespoke
Muffin Lemak, John Lemak, Bespoke
Donnie Miller, Martha Wyly Miller, Bespoke
Rachel Jones, Brian Cook, Bespoke
Bespoke, Contemporary
Roksalana Karmayzn, Peter Doroshenko, Bespoke
Mayra Martinez, Lyndsey Rayfield, Bespoke
Michelle Moussa, Auctioneer, Bespoke
Bespoke, Contemporary
Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Nini Nguyen, Sue Gragg, Kane, Bespoke
Bespoke, Contemporary
David Nichols, Jane Weempe, Bespoke
Jerry Miller, Robert Weatherly, Bespoke
Mary Alice Garrison, Taylor Boyd, Bespoke
Ken Villalobos, Nadine Jones, Bespoke
Bernadette Schaeffler, Susan Posnick, Maxine Trowbridge, Bespoke

In a season of spectacular functions, Bespoke at the Dallas Contemporary stands out. Not just because patrons fly in from all over the U.S. for this fresh and flashy fundraiser, but because local art powerhouses turn up to show their unwavering support for a not-for-profit institution.

The likes of Circuit 12 Contemporary, Goss-Michael Foundation, Cris Worley Fine Arts and Barry Whistler Gallery all donated art to the Bespoke auction. Worley, Whistler and Goss-Michael associate director Ariel Saldivar were on hand for the festivities.  

Local fashionistas were also thrilled to be involved. Said Clutts Agency founder John Clutts on the way into the silent auction, “I’m lucky because I’m on the board. The amazing thing is the Contemporary would have been half the size if it weren’t for [director] Peter Doroshenko. He pushed us, and now we’re one of the largest contemporary museums in the world. And we’re a non-collecting museum, so events like tonight help pay for the art that’s exhibited.”

Rebranded two years ago from the Contemporary’s Wish! Auction, Bespoke offers a more curated approach to both the live and silent auctions. Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, who donated a geometric dress to the auction, agreed with V.O.D. owner Jackie Bolin that this year’s event “is even bigger and better” than before.

Guests sipped champagne while watching a modernist dance performance by Danielle Georgiou and the DGDG Dance Group between silent bids on art by the likes of Shepard Fairey, Kevin Todora and Faile. Futuristic floral arrangements by Grange Hall dressed up the second half of the space, where attendees enjoyed a dinner by TK Culinary while learning what crucial programs their generous donations will fund.

Doroshenko’s opening remarks touched on the Contemporary’s DCU, a series of lectures featuring North Texas college professors, and the Renaissance Programme, which targets emerging museum professionals, allowing them to develop their curatorial skills.

The inaugural Bespoke raised more than $450,000, and this year’s edition surpassed that, at more than $500,000 — thanks in no small part to the fast-and-furious, five-figure bids for jaunts to Art Basel Miami and the Fiac Art Fair in Paris and works by Inez and Vinoodh and Patrick Martinez.

Other onsite celebrants included Barbara Buzzell, Brian Bolke, Jeffrey Lee, Muffin and John Lemak, Niven Morgan, Nini Nguyen, Brad Oldham, Christy Coltrin, Rajan Patel, Susan Posnick, Allison V. Smith, Nancy Rogers, Maxine Trowbridge, Barbara and Don Daseke, Jessica Olsson Nowitzki, Erin Wasson, and Dee Wyly.