Artful anniversary

Dallas Contemporary toasts 40th anniversary with red-hot Ruby Gala

Dallas Contemporary toasts 40th anniversary with red-hot Ruby Gala

Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Dallas Contemporary 40th anniversary
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Bill Hutchinson, Brianna Ramirez
Bill Hutchinson, Brianna Ramirez Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Richard Phillips, Dallas Contemporary
Richard Phillips enjoys the art. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Jessica Ayers, Josh Ayers
Jessica Ayers, Josh Ayers Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Erykah Badu, Dallas Contemporary 40th anniversary gala
Erykah Badu was the featured entertainmer. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray
Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Gayle Halperin, Philip Clemmons
Gayle Halperin, Philip Clemmons Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Kaleta Blaffer, Renee LaGarde
Kaleta Blaffer, Renee LaGarde Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Karla McKinley, Mark McKinley
Karla McKinley, Mark McKinley Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Kristen Cole, Joe Cole
Kristen Cole, Joe Cole Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Ashley Griffin, Mikail Muhammad
Ashley Griffin, Mikail Muhammad Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Dallas Contemporary 40 Years Cake
Even the cake was a ruby hue. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Michelle Moussa, Steve Flory
Michelle Moussa, Steve Flory Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Shelly Rosenberg, Barry Rosenberg
Shelly Rosenberg, Barry Rosenberg Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Max Trowbridge, Ben Trowbridge
Max Trowbridge, Ben Trowbridge Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Dallas Contemporary 40th anniversary
Bill Hutchinson, Brianna Ramirez
Richard Phillips, Dallas Contemporary
Jessica Ayers, Josh Ayers
Erykah Badu, Dallas Contemporary 40th anniversary gala
Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray
Gayle Halperin, Philip Clemmons
Kaleta Blaffer, Renee LaGarde
Karla McKinley, Mark McKinley
Kristen Cole, Joe Cole
Ashley Griffin, Mikail Muhammad
Dallas Contemporary 40 Years Cake
Michelle Moussa, Steve Flory
Shelly Rosenberg, Barry Rosenberg
Max Trowbridge, Ben Trowbridge

After four decades, Dallas Contemporary is still red hot. So it was fitting that the Dallas museum should celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party dubbed the "Ruby Gala."

Presented by Headington Companies, the intimate evening saw the museum transformed into a red-lit, ruby-hued space. The gallery space went scarlet for the sit-down dinner, with fabric-draped walls, vibrant floral arrangements, and a magnificent, multitiered birthday cake.

After taking their arrival photos on the red carpet, guests — including Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Bill Hutchinson, Brianna RamirezJessica Ayers, Josh AyersGonzalo Bueno, Michael McCrayGayle Halperin, Philip ClemmonsMax Trowbridge, and Ben Trowbridge — enjoyed a cocktail reception as they perused the silent auction artworks powered by Paddle 8. The party continued with a dinner created by The Joule that included whipped ricotta toast, an heirloom tomato and peach salad, and smoked filet of beef.

Partygoers — many of whom donned shades of red for the occasion — sipped wine and champagne along with craft cocktails by Midnight Rambler and Roxor Artisan Gin.

In the audience, artists Richard Phillips, Joseph Havel, Carlos Rolon (DZINE) and Keer Tanchak mingled with guests. After opening remarks from Dallas Contemporary executive director Peter Doroshenko and event co-chair Laree Hulshoff, guests paused to recognize longtime board member and honorary chair Jo Marie Lilly.

Then it was time for the featured entertainment. Singer-songwriter Erykah Badu took the stage for a powerful musical performance that concluded with her R&B hit single “Tyrone.” 

Bidding was fast and furious in a live auction that included art donations, a luxury trip package to Tulum, and a suite at the upcoming Andrea Bocelli concert. As guests finished their chocolate mousse cake, auctioneers Ed Beardsley and Roberta Kramer with Heritage Auctions hit the stage, rallying guests to flash their paddles. 

Once the auction had concluded, guests enjoyed an after-party with dancing to the sounds of Medicine Machine Revival. 

Funds raised through the event support the artistic and educational mission of the museum and its programming. Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and fresh ideas from regional, national and international artists. The Design District space offers temporary exhibitions, important lectures, and learning programs.