More than 2,800 guests came out for the second installment of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series earlier this month.
The Birmingham Museum of Art’s July program of the summertime series Art On The Rocks was held July 11.
The event was part of the 10th season of Art On The Rocks, which is dedicated to celebrating culture through music, art and food.
The event began at 7 p.m. and continued until 11 p.m. All aspects of the evening were inspired by the museum’s newest summer exhibit, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.
Guests were allowed access to the Lethal Beauty exhibit and to all other museum exhibits throughout the night.
After entering the museum’s Eighth Avenue lobby, guests were invited to enter to win a piece of jewelry donated by Bromberg’s or have their pictures taken in a photo booth, courtesy of The Simple Booth.
Guests dined on Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, including a hot dumpling bar in the Eighth Avenue lobby and a “make-your-own” lo mein buffet in Oscar’s Café.
At 8 p.m., guests had the chance to view a series of short films depicting the history of the production and consumption of one of Japan’s national beverages, saké.
In addition, Junior Patrons of the museum were invited to take part in a saké tasting in the VIP tents on the Upper Plaza of the Sculpture Gardens.
At 9 p.m., guests enjoyed a fashion show produced by Southern Femme and Saks Fifth Avenue in Oscar’s Cafe. Models walked the runway in clothing inspired by weapons and armor from the Lethal Beauty exhibit and inspired by traditional Japanese clothing.
DJ Coco provided music for the fashion show and continued to play top charting hits throughout the evening to entertain guests.
Beginning at 10 p.m., Kopecky Family Band gave a concert for Junior Patrons in the VIP tents.
All evening, guests could help create Amanda Browder’s upcoming Chromacity project. Patrons pinned large bolts of tie-dyed fabric together before sending the large sheets to Browder, who spent the evening sewing the pinned fabrics together.
The project will debut at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and the Alys Stephens Center later this summer.
Though the event came to a close at 11 p.m., Art On The Rocks provided a new element to the event. As a part of the new after party, Art on the Rocks wristbands provided special discounts at Collin’s Bar, Carrigan’s Public House and Paramount.
Those attending included Carleton and Jay Rivers, Elizabeth Fix, Caroline Brady, Mary Zeigler, Evelyn Griffin, Kate DeGuenther, Amy Syx, Vic Robertson, Lauren Lassiter, Elizabeth Ann Naro, Carrie Morgan, Rebecca Ryan, Christina Powell, Brian Boehm, Melissa and Matt Taylor, Cate Boehm, Waymond Jackson Jr., Kimberly L. Jackson, Elliot and Meredith Knight and Madeline and Ben Odendahl.
The next Art On The Rocks event will be Aug. 15 from 7-11 p.m. and will feature a concert by Matrimony.
For more information on Art On The Rocks and other Birmingham Museum of Art events, visit www.artsbma.org.–Emily Williams, Journal intern