Night Heist At The Art Institute Steals The Crown…Again

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So it’s Friday, and I am trying to figure out, how the hell I’m gonna top last week, and I realized it probably can’t be done. There are definitely a few note-to-be-missed events here in Chicago and last Friday’s Art Institute Night Heist Gala was definitely one of those experiences. Last year the event was themed around the critically acclaimed Magritte exhibition, which made the idea of topping that in 2015 very hard to believe. This year modern sculptor, and Chicago born artist,  Charles Ray played the back drop to a great event that not only captured the essence of his work from a design perspective, but also his ability to brilliantly personify the human experience in art.

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Night Heist 2015 created an atmosphere that celebrated a vibrant, fun and growing art community in Chicago. Lead by its Evening Associates Board of Directors, the Art Institute’s internal organizing body, that also produces other events during the year such as Art After Dark and Art Feed.

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The night began with a VIP reception on the 2nd floor terrace, creating a unique rooftop/lounge experience filled with drinks and passed appetizers. Outside of the featured art exhibit there were some highlights to the evening, and who would I be had I not started with custom cocktails prepared by the Mixologists. Some of Chicago’s best bar wizards came to play, including Freddie Sarkis of Broken Shaker and Paul McGee from Lost Lake whipping up one of his famous tiki-inspired cocktails made exclusively for the event.

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To accompany the Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014 exhibit, the good people, the positive vibes and the potent beverages, there was a live art/performance element added that aided in completing the ultimate party experience.  This year the Night Heist encompassed live models posing as sculptures strategically placed throughout the event. The random acts of pop-up performance art, mixed with the soundtrack provided by DJ Matt Roan created an event you definitely want to start planning for next year. Until then, check out their next event Art Feed taking place July 12th.