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Blockbuster Jackson Pollock exhibit lures A-listers to Dallas Museum of Art

Blockbuster Pollock exhibit lures A-listers to Dallas Museum of Art

Pamela O’Gorman, Will O’Gorman, Jordan Kilkenny, Allison O’Gorman
Pamela O’Gorman, Will O’Gorman, Jordan Kilkenny, Allison O’Gorman Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Jerry Watkins, Haley Luper
Jerry Watkins, Haley Luper Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Gene Jones, Jerry Jones
Gene Jones, Jerry Jones Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Michael Osburn, Rachel Osburn
Michael Osburn, Rachel Osburn Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Natalie Westbrook, Michael Holmes
Natalie Westbrook, Michael Holmes Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Ashley Miars, Fallon Thomas
Ashley Miars, Fallon Thomas Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Kelly Parker, Meghan Wood
Kelly Parker, Meghan Wood Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Neil Smith, Summer Nilsson
Neil Smith, Summer Nilsson Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Morgan Lee, Staci Lee, Maura Maldonado, Sergio Tamayo
Morgan Lee, Staci Lee, Maura Maldonado, Sergio Tamayo Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Kathy Holt, Richard Holt
Kathy Holt, Richard Holt Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Laura Elcock, Walter Elcock, Marguerite Hoffman
Laura Elcock, Walter Elcock, Marguerite Hoffman Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Sung An, Brian Janacek
Sung An, Brian Janacek Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Hannah Hoffman, Adrian Rosenfeld
Hannah Hoffman, Adrian Rosenfeld Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Heidi Zuckerman, Larry Marx, Susan Marx
Heidi Zuckerman, Larry Marx, Susan Marx Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Merry Voss, Jennifer Karol
Merry Voss, Jennifer Karol Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith and Celeste Smith
Pamela O’Gorman, Will O’Gorman, Jordan Kilkenny, Allison O’Gorman
Jerry Watkins, Haley Luper
Gene Jones, Jerry Jones
Michael Osburn, Rachel Osburn
Natalie Westbrook, Michael Holmes
Ashley Miars, Fallon Thomas
Kelly Parker, Meghan Wood
Neil Smith, Summer Nilsson
Morgan Lee, Staci Lee, Maura Maldonado, Sergio Tamayo
Kathy Holt, Richard Holt
Laura Elcock, Walter Elcock, Marguerite Hoffman
Sung An, Brian Janacek
Hannah Hoffman, Adrian Rosenfeld
Heidi Zuckerman, Larry Marx, Susan Marx
Merry Voss, Jennifer Karol

The Dallas Museum of Art ushered in the U.S. premiere of “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” with panache, at an opening-night gala that included decor inspired by Pollock’s workspace and a first glimpse at many works that have not been viewed in more than 50 years.

For this momentous occasion, host Marguerite Hoffman welcomed nearly 200 A-list guests, including Jason McCoy (Pollock's nephew) and his daughter Samantha, Richard Holt, Andy Smith, Charles C. Bergman, Samuel Sachs II, Kerrie Buitrago, Sung AnCindy and Howard Rachofsky, Joan and Brian Washburn, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, Heidi Zuckerman, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Catherine Rose, and Tom Lentz.

DMA senior curator of contemporary art Gavin Delahunty, the organizing curator for the exhibition, also was in the galleries to share highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which he worked for four years to bring to life.

The seated dinner that preceded the viewing was an homage to Pollock’s studio. Hand-built tables made out of raw, unstained wood with cedar posts lined the space, with Edison bulbs strung between the posts. Table decor by floral designer Haile Woosen featured dracaena, crab apples on industrial perforated trays, coiled flat rattan pieces, and kale in half-gallon paint cans.

Walter Elcock, interim director of the Dallas Museum of Art, acknowledged exhibition sponsors before attendees dove into dinner, which concluded with Pollock’s own award-winning apple pie for dessert.

Meanwhile in the museum’s atrium, DMA members were arriving for their own celebration and sneak peek of the exhibition. Wearing “black is the new black” attire, more than 1,000 scenesters enjoyed cocktails and sweet and savory bites while listening to the Mad Men Swing Band.  

“Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and Tate Liverpool and includes more than 70 of Pollock’s works. The exhibition continues through March 20, 2016.