Two x Two First Look

Costumed partiers get first look at Dallas’ most fabulous arts gala and auction

Costumed partiers get first look at Dallas’ most fabulous arts gala

Brandon, Little, Elaine Agather, Cindi Rose
Co-chair Elaine Agather (center) dressed as Iris Apfel, with Brandon Little and Cindi Rose. Photo by Desiree Espada
Kristen Gibbins, Victoria Snee, Natalie lo,Vail Tolbert, Rachel Roberts
Vail Tolbert, Rachel Roberts, Kristen Gibbins, Natalie Lo, Victoria Snee Photo by Desiree Espada
Bradley Agather Means, Edgardo Osorio
Bradley Agather, Edgardo Osorio Photo by Desiree Espada
Douglas Carney, Nancy Rodgers, Michael Flores
Douglas Carney, Nancy Rodgers, Michael Flores Photo by Desiree Espada
Cindy Rachofsky
Cindy Rachofsky dressed as Raggedy Ann and handsome pals. Photo by Desiree Espada
Catherine Rose
Catherine Rose Photo by Desiree Espada
Casey Green, Beatrice McCabe
Casey Green, Beatrice McCabe Photo by Desiree Espada
Catie Oswald, Duncan Bates
Duncan Bates, Catie Oswald Photo by Desiree Espada
Karon Karter, Harris Polakoff
Karon Karter, Harris Polakoff Photo by Desiree Espada
Dana Garner, Billy Fong
Dana Garner, Billy Fong Photo by Desiree Espada
Molly Overton, Kelly Gillespie, Michelle Hunt
Molly Overton, Kelly Gillespie, Michelle Hunt Photo by Desiree Espada
Andrew Lipmann, Chrissy Sayare, Brian Bolke
Andrew Lipmann, Chrissy Sayare, Brian Bolke Photo by Desiree Espada
Alex Ballengee, Christopher Brand, James Ballengee
Alex Ballengee, Christopher Brand, James Ballengee Photo by Desiree Espada
Ricardo Aquazzura
Ricardo Aquazzura Photo by Desiree Espada
Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown and "My Lady." Photo by Desiree Espada
Bret McKinney
Bret McKinney Photo by Desiree Espada
Sharon young
Sharon Young Photo by Desiree Espada
Angie Barrett and Joe Quinn
Angie Barrett, Joe Quinn Photo by Desiree Espada
Joseph Steffen, Kennedy, Rob Dailey, Dan Rodriguez
Joseph Steffen, Kennedy, Rob Dailey, Dan Rodriguez Photo by Desiree Espada
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
Drinks were served by Strawberry Shortcake beauties. Photo by Desiree Espada
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
DJ Lucy Wrubel Photo by Desiree Espada
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
Two x Two First Look at the Rachofsky House. Photo by Desiree Espada
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
Two x Two First Look had a “Calling All Curious” theme. Photo by Desiree Espada
Brandon, Little, Elaine Agather, Cindi Rose
Kristen Gibbins, Victoria Snee, Natalie lo,Vail Tolbert, Rachel Roberts
Bradley Agather Means, Edgardo Osorio
Douglas Carney, Nancy Rodgers, Michael Flores
Cindy Rachofsky
Catherine Rose
Casey Green, Beatrice McCabe
Catie Oswald, Duncan Bates
Karon Karter, Harris Polakoff
Dana Garner, Billy Fong
Molly Overton, Kelly Gillespie, Michelle Hunt
Andrew Lipmann, Chrissy Sayare, Brian Bolke
Alex Ballengee, Christopher Brand, James Ballengee
Ricardo Aquazzura
Lisa Brown
Bret McKinney
Sharon young
Angie Barrett and Joe Quinn
Joseph Steffen, Kennedy, Rob Dailey, Dan Rodriguez
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
TwoxTwo First Look 2015
TwoxTwo First Look 2015

With a theme like “Calling All Curious,” Two x Two’s annual gala and contemporary auction’s kickoff party was bound to be full of surprises. The unseasonable rain, however, wasn’t high on anyone’s list of expectations.

But you can’t keep a good soiree down, particularly when it benefits the Dallas Museum of Art and amFAR. A crowd of curators and collectors descended en masse through the downpour to the Rachofsky House, conveniently tented and staffed by umbrella’d attendants for the occasion. Telephones on stands at the entrance jangled merrily, and if a guest happened to answer, a voice on the other end inquired, “Are you coming in or what, and are you going to eat a cheeseburger?”

Mini cheeseburgers there were, along with a sushi bar and other delectables from Lombardi Family Concepts, plus plenty of Belvedere cocktails. Presented by Fossil, the “curious” theme was further developed by the décor, which included a wooden wall full of keyholes where brave revelers could stick their hands to be tickled, grasped, or shook. DJ Lucy Wrubel acknowledged the lousy weather by spinning “Singin’ in the Rain” and “It’s Raining Men” between hits by the Weeknd and Taylor Swift.

Because carefully curated art is the engine of Two x Two, the partygoers who did take the “masquerade” dress code to heart chose artistic legends for their ensembles. There were three Warhols, one Lichtenstein, four Magrittes, and a Frida Kahlo (Fossil’s curious chief Jill Elliott-Sones) onsite. One of the best — and funniest — was curator and art advisor John Runyon, who came as TV star and painter Bob Ross (he of the “little happy trees” fame), complete with a painter’s palette.

There was plenty to get excited about on the walls as well. This year’s selection of artworks is particularly stellar, with a mix of local and international talent. Smart bidders on October 24 could snag an Ellsworth Kelly (this year’s artist honoree), an Alex Israel, an Alex Prager, or a Karen Kilimnick. Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke was seen coveting a marble bowl by Piero Golia, creator of the Nasher’s Chalet installation.

“We have the world’s coolest entryway, and I would make a little pedestal for it,” he said. “People would probably use it as a big ashtray. Actually, the artist would love that!”

Besides Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, who came dressed as Raggedy Ann and Andy, the star of the evening was undoubtedly co-chairman Elaine Agather, who helmed the event with her daughter, Bradley Agather Means. Clad in a dead-on imitation of style icon Iris Apfel, Elaine admitted, “I’m a big fan! This is all from my closet, so we might have some similarities.”

She said she loves Two x Two for multiple reasons: “For one, the art. It gives back to the community, it gives to the museum, it gives to AIDS. And it just brings this eclectic, wonderful group to Dallas. It’s just one of the best events we have.”

We concur. Two x Two has raised more than $52 million for the DMA and amFAR to date, and we’re even more curious to discover the final tally raised on Saturday.  

Also onsite and ready to revel: Brooke Hortenstine, Dan and Joseph, Sabrina Dee, Ceron, Todd Fiscus, Michael Flores, Rajan Patel, Jeffrey Lee, Nancy Rogers, Sam Saladino, and Anna-Sophia van Zweden.