If you like to drink champagne, eat scrumptious treats, explore unique art collections, wander around a spectacular building, and hang out with all types of kindred spirits who also believe in supporting the arts, have we got a party for you.
Seduce your senses at Rococo Rebellion: A Winter Soirée, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s second annual benefit, happening on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Rococo Rebellion riffs on the museum’s Little Salon, an enchanting space filled with paintings, musical instruments, furnishings, object d’arts and sculpture. Around the museum grounds, you will find yourself welcomed by five harpists, encounter a balcony with a baritone, hear a harpsichord in the cafe, marvel at the lush courtyard and spend the evening feasting your eyes, ears and tummy. Don’t forget to find the hurdy-gurdy player.
Aside from normal party activities, you may want to take in the Chinese Loggia, the Raphael Room, Tapestry Room and, of course, the Little Salon, among other rooms. Each, filled with art collected by the museum’s namesake, a world traveler and noted philanthropist, was staged by her in a way it might have been decorated during its respective period.
The Rococo period, which originated in Paris and occurred during the late 17th through much of the 18th centuries, is known for its ornamental decorative style, with scrolls, curves, pastel colors, intricate moldings, frescoes and lots and lots of gilding. Painters you may know from the period include Jean-Antoine Watteau and François Boucher. Composers include François Couperin and J.S. Bach.
Attendees are invited to get Rococo-ly fancy in attire, dressing up with a touch of edge and elegance. There’s no need to be authentic, just wacky; if you’re up for it. Whether or not you choose to be fashion-forward yourself, you will enjoy a pop-up fashion show specially designed by Nathalia JMag, a former contestant on Bravo’s “Project Runway.”
Rococo Rebellion sounds like fun, and it’s meant to. At the same time, the Gardner is fulling its mission to provide the highest quality artistic, educational and community events. One of Boston’s most valued institutions, the Gardner diligently reaches out to the local community, regular attendees and international visitors, in order to share the collection, special exhibits, an astonishing program of traditional to cutting-edge performances and educational offerings. There is much to applaud.
Julia Vose, the Gardner’s Director of Corporate Engagement and Special Events, speaking about Rococo Rebellion, at about 100 enthusiastic words per minute, says, “Isabella knew what she was doing. It’s a great way to see the Gardner, treat yourself to what will certainly be a charming evening and contribute to the Gardner community.”
A Winter Soirée: Rococo Rebellion, sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston
Tickets required, space is limited. $150 for individual tickets