Photographs of Egyptian Gallery Opening at Bass Museum of Art 4/29/10

Egyptian Gallery Opening at Bass Museum of Art on Thursday, April 29, 2010.  For the better gallery, click here.

Opening of Egyptian Gallery at Bass Museum of Art Increases Museum Membership by 40%

On Thursday, April 29, Bass Museum of Art inaugurated the only Egyptian Gallery in Florida at their members-only premiere event, A Night at the Museum. The gallery is a new, permanent collection at the museum, and it offers a unique opportunity to learn about one of the world’s oldest and most mysterious civilizations from its surviving objects, including an Egyptian sarcophagus and mummy! Additionally, the gallery showcases thirteen objects of Egyptian antiquity including a gift to the museum and long-term loans from the Brooklyn Museum, Lowe Art Museum and private collections.

Special Guests: Bass Museum of Art Executive Director, Silvia Karman Cubiñá; Event Chair and Bass Museum of Art Board Member, Christina Getty-Maercks and Arin Maercks; President of Board of Directors, Bass Museum of Art, George Lindemann; Bass Museum of Art Board Member, Laura Paresky Gould; Bass Museum of Art Board Member, Alan Randolph; City of Miami Beach Commissioner, Michael Gongora; hotelier Mark Tamis and Amanda Tamis; hotelier Jonathan Breene; Co-host of Univision’s Despierta America, Ana Maria Canseco; with socialites James Spielman; Lesley Abravanel, The Miami Herald columnist; Criselda Breene; Austin and Sarah Harrelson; Mark and Julie Paresky, Oscar Seikaly; Dr. Melissa Lazarus; Liza Gallardo Walton; Claudia Miyar and Cece Feinberg.

The evening also featured informal curator-led talks by Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian, Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum and Consulting Curator to Bass Museum’s Egyptian Gallery. Drinks and desserts were courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka, Bervini Prosecco and Stella’s Sweet Shoppe with music by DJ Tavin Reiter. A Night at the Museum also included a raffle for various prizes, including a limited edition IKEPOD watch designed by Marc Newson – the Solaris SCW22, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 VIP Package and a select Taschen Books package.

About Bass Museum of Art
The Bass Museum of Art is generously funded by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc.

This Egyptian Gallery is made possible with the support of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc.

Additional support provided by IKEPOD, Duane Morris LLP, CBIZ MHM, LLC, FORTRESS/Museum Quality Storage® & Services, Austin Powder Company, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Ilona and Chad Oppenheim, Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc. and Jacober & Associates.