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Benefit Wed Feb 02 2011

Dress Up Like Warhol and Dance the Night Away


One of Ox-Bow's early dance parties, photo courtesy of their Facebook page.

For the past 100 years Ox-Bow (the SAIC-affiliated artist residency/commune/adult summer camp) has hosted a themed costumed dance party and benefit auction every Friday night while classes are in session. Every year the themes get more creative and the dance parties get more epic.

Friday, February 18 they are bringing the party into the city (lucky us!) and they invite you to come dressed as a famous artist or artwork. Eric May, head chef at Ox-Bow and director of Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center, will spin funk, soul, dub and reggae CORRECTION: yacht rock/early rave/Moombahton.

The evening will begin with a silent auction featuring many prominent local and national artists, followed by a live auction. There are over 50 works of art up for auction, including art by Karl Wirsum, Ellen Lanyon, Thomas Lawson, Kevin Appel, Jessica Labatte, Peter Mars, Seymour Rosofsky, Kaylee Wyant, Mike Andrews, Martin Basher, Marion Kryczka, Alex Chitty, Israel Davis, Ryan Fenchel, Michelle Grabner, Rachel Niffenegger, E.W. Ross, Oli Watt and Carl Baratta. Following the live auction, there will be a works on paper raffle, and the dance party begins at 9pm. Affordable art pieces will be available for purchase throughout the evening-- everything from buttons to screen-printed posters by up-and-coming artists.

The event will feature an open bar, hors d'ouevres by Blue Plate and beer from local brewery, Half Acre. Glitterguts will provide a mobile photo booth, and props and costumes will be available. All funds raised at the event will be used to support scholarships and programming at Ox-Bow.

The party is taking place Friday, Feb. 18 at the illustrious Architectural Artifacts from 6:30 to 11pm. Tickets for the auction are a steep $100 (though for a good cause), but if you're feeling less wealthy and just want to dance, you can get in at 9pm for $25. You can purchase tickets online at Visit Ox-Bow's Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks of work that will be auctioned at the party.


Costumes from last summer's Shaman vs. Ramen party at Ox-Bow

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Eric May / February 3, 2011 12:08 AM

I was actually thinking more yacht rock/ early rave/ moombahton for this year's dj set.

Natalie / February 3, 2011 10:23 AM

Now, yacht rock is something I can get behind!

Kelly Reaves / February 3, 2011 2:47 PM

Correction made :)

Eric May / February 4, 2011 3:08 PM

Well, probably a little reggae. And funk if its African. Disco and house too. And maybe Beyonce, but no Gaga.

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