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Art Ball brings the fabulous funk for 50th anniversary DMA gala

Art Ball brings the fabulous funk for 50th anniversary DMA gala

Maxwell Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson Photo by William Neal
Jennifer Eagle, John Eagle, Emily Summers, Art Ball
Jennifer Eagle, John Eagle, Emily Summers Photo by William Neal
Kimberly Chandler, Browne Andrews, Art Ball
Kimberly Chandler, Browne Andrews Photo by William Neal
Robin McMonigle, Art Ball
Robin McMonigle Photo by William Neal
Merry Vose, Rajan Patel, Art Ball
Merry Vose, Rajan Patel Photo by William Neal
Cindy Rachofsky, Howard Rachofsky, Art Ball
Cindy Rachofsky, Howard Rachofsky Photo by William Neal
Nancy Rogers, Michael Flores, Art Ball
Nancy Rogers, Michael Flores Photo by William Neal
Hunter Barnes, Andrea Castagno, Art Ball
Hunter Barnes, Andrea Castagno Photo by William Neal
Kiersten Dolbec, Catherine Woodall, Art Ball
Kiersten Dolbec, Catherine Woodall Photo by William Neal
Michael McCray, Wylie McAnallen, Faisal Halum, Art Ball
Michael McCray, Wylie McAnallen, Faisal Halum Photo by William Neal
Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Nasiba Adilova, Art Ball
Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Nasiba Hartland-Mackie Photo by William Neal
Lauren Morgan, Caroline Benoist, Meredith McElroy, Art Ball
Lauren Morgan, Caroline Benoist, Meredith McElroy Photo by William Neal
Eric Maas, Sheryl Maas, Art Ball
Eric Maas, Sheryl Maas Photo by William Neal
Elizabeth Grant, Darden Grant, Art Ball
Elizabeth Grant, Darden Grant Photo by William Neal
Leigh Williams, Lisa Perry
Leigh Williams, Lisa Perry Photo by William Neal
Micki Rawlings, Michael Sills, Shelle Sills, Brian Bolke
Micki Rawlings, Michael Sills, Shelle Sills, Brian Bolke Photo by William Neal
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Young professionals proving they can dress to impress at Art Ball 50. Photo by William Neal
Megan Ruth Bowdon, Joey Wilkinson, Art Ball
Megan Ruth Bowdon, Joey Wilkinson Photo by William Neal
Lawrence Bock, Katy Bock, Art Ball
Lawrence Bock, Katy Bock Photo by William Neal
Coley Clark, Jennifer Clark, Art Ball
Coley Clark, Jennifer Clark Photo by William Neal
Elizabeth Karpitas, Kenny Goss, Joyce Goss, Art Ball
Elizabeth Karpitas, Kenny Goss, Joyce Goss Photo by William Neal
Randall Goss, Kara Goss, Art Ball
Randall Goss, Kara Goss Photo by William Neal
Capera Ryan, Elizabeth Carpitas, Cynthia Miller, Art Ball
Capera Ryan, Elizabeth Carpitas, Cynthia Miller Photo by William Neal
Michael Craig-Martin, Gavin Delahunty
Michael Craig-Martin, Gavin Delahunty Photo by William Neal
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Mark di Suvero's iconic red sculpture anchored the tented dining room. Photo by William Neal
Kitty Carmichael, Art Ball
Kitty Carmichael Photo by William Neal
Forty Five Ten, Art Ball
Elder Statesman cashmere lingerie set at the Forty Five Ten pop-up shop. Photo by William Neal
Forty Five Ten shop, art ball
Ashish “Hi Haters” T-shirt at the Forty Five Ten pop-up shop. Photo by William Neal
Forty Five Ten Shop, Art Ball
Lisa Perry “Selfie” dress at the Forty Five Ten pop-up shop. Photo by William Neal
Maxwell Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson
Jennifer Eagle, John Eagle, Emily Summers, Art Ball
Kimberly Chandler, Browne Andrews, Art Ball
Robin McMonigle, Art Ball
Merry Vose, Rajan Patel, Art Ball
Cindy Rachofsky, Howard Rachofsky, Art Ball
Nancy Rogers, Michael Flores, Art Ball
Hunter Barnes, Andrea Castagno, Art Ball
Kiersten Dolbec, Catherine Woodall, Art Ball
Michael McCray, Wylie McAnallen, Faisal Halum, Art Ball
Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Nasiba Adilova, Art Ball
Lauren Morgan, Caroline Benoist, Meredith McElroy, Art Ball
Eric Maas, Sheryl Maas, Art Ball
Elizabeth Grant, Darden Grant, Art Ball
Leigh Williams, Lisa Perry
Micki Rawlings, Michael Sills, Shelle Sills, Brian Bolke
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Megan Ruth Bowdon, Joey Wilkinson, Art Ball
Lawrence Bock, Katy Bock, Art Ball
Coley Clark, Jennifer Clark, Art Ball
Elizabeth Karpitas, Kenny Goss, Joyce Goss, Art Ball
Randall Goss, Kara Goss, Art Ball
Capera Ryan, Elizabeth Carpitas, Cynthia Miller, Art Ball
Michael Craig-Martin, Gavin Delahunty
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Kitty Carmichael, Art Ball
Forty Five Ten, Art Ball
Forty Five Ten shop, art ball
Forty Five Ten Shop, Art Ball

On Saturday night, Dallasites dressed in their finest and rolled into the Arts District for Art Ball 50, the 50th anniversary of the premier fundraising gala for the Dallas Museum of Art. Themed “Self Portrait,” event chair Nancy Carlson, with help from the incomparable Todd Events, executed an edgy affair that reflected on five decades of philanthropic fabulousness. Also helping the cause for this special evening was an esteemed host committee comprising past Art Ball chairs.

First stop for well-heeled guests — once a flute of champagne was in hand — was the Forty Five Ten pop-up shop featuring limited edition items from 15 internationally acclaimed designers. After checking out Lisa Perry’s “Selfie” dress, Ashish’s “Hi Haters” T-shirt and the Elder Statesman cashmere lingerie set, they were off to the tented reception where cocktails provided Moet Hennessy USA awaited.

When it was time for the main event, massive curtains parted to reveal an impressive tented dining room, where prestigious patrons — including Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Nancy Rogers, Robin McMonigle, Niven Morgan, Shelby Wagner, Kenny Goss, Joyce Goss, Brian Bolke, Sheryl and Eric Maas, Capera Ryan, Merry Vose, Jennifer and John Eagle, Kimberly Chandler, Browne Andrews, Jennifer and Coley Clark — took their seats. Mark di Suvero’s iconic red sculpture loomed over the stage where Kitty Carmichael crooned.

Guests feasted on a meal that was almost too beautiful to eat, with carefully crafted courses such as Maple Leaf Farms duck confit with spring pea goat cheese ravioli. With dinner plates cleared, Christie’s began the lavish live auction, led by auctioneer Hugh Edmeades. Lust-worthy items included trips to Marfa, New York City and Palm Springs.

When the bidding came to a close, guests went nuts for “Artball Funk,” a remake of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” featuring DMA director Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Elaine Agather, Deedie Rose and many other DMA VIPs. Quite the clever way to namedrop all of the top sponsors, if you ask us.

As the video wrapped up, the curtains parted again, this time beckoning people back to the after-chaired by Jackie Bolin and Erin Wasson, where Solange Knowles served as guest DJ.

In just the last 15 years, Art Ball has raised more than $22 million to support the DMA’s mission of engaging and educating the community, with funds going directly to the museum’s operating budget.

Watch “Artball Funk” for yourself: