Who: Art aficionados and Weisman supporters.
What: Changing Identity Preview Party
When: Saturday, January 31
Where: Weisman Art Museum
Why: Because we love art—but we really love art with some spring rolls and a glass of wine!
Don’t adjust your computer screen, the people in many of these pictures are red. Not red like they are embarrassed or red like they just came from Chernobyl, but red like, this party was red hot. Or maybe more like the Weisman had this really cool red, blue, green light thing going on, and I didn’t know how to adjust my camera.
There were a couple hundred people lucky enough to attend the opening of Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam . That number was according to Weisman PR guy Christopher James, but I would say there were a lot more than a couple hundred people sipping free wine and munching on amazing Vietnamese-inspired snacks. I tried to get a pic of some of the delish spring rolls and the puffy cream things, but the servers kept shooting me down. “[Insert name of major department store chain here] would kill me if I let you take a picture,” said one server who asked to remain anonymous. “They demand perfect presentation.” Well, obviously her homicidal bosses haven’t visited their own stores lately—the store displays are getting a little sloppy [not-so-blind item].
I made my way through the delightfully diverse crowd—we’re talking current students, young professionals, alumni, and board members—some in suits, some sporting killer shoes like Carmen Wood (check out her pic below), but all loving the Weisman’s very sheik, zen-like presentation. I, a lover of art, was so distracted by the pretty people and the pretty faux coy-pond thing set up in the middle of the gallery, I didn’t even take time to look at the exhibit. Luckily, Changing Identity runs through May 24.