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The Blanton Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary bridges the generation gap between art lovers


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Those who believe Austinites don't know how to dress to the nines should have seen the dazzling display Saturday night at the Blanton Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary

Over 500 black-tie and bejeweled guests gathered at the Blanton for early evening cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an exclusive look at Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, which boasts work from Andy Warhol, Carteir Breson, Ed Ruscha, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe and more.

The crowd then quite literally paraded across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and into the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum the tunes of the booming South Austin Brass Band, setting an upbeat, celebratory tone.

The Four Seasons served a three course dinner during brief speeches on art patronage and education from Blanton Director Simone Wicha, State Senator Kirk Watson, University of Texas President Bill Powers, and museum council member Judy Tate.

But what was most striking was the first-ever afterparty the Blanton hosted for both gala guests and the general public, named Gold a Go-Go.

The post-dinner crowd was markedly younger, which upped the energy of the entire evening's events, proving that the post-grad and young professional contingency do indeed value a chance to support the arts — or at least the change to dress up and dance to the tunes of Kathy Valentine and Charlie Sexton — in a lively setting.

Lance Avery Morgan and Lindsey Love with Terry and Graham Quinn.

A gala-goer takes in El Anatsui during the cocktail hour.

Dinner scene at the Bullock Museum.

Angela and Pierre Filardi.

James Anderson and Madison Dyal.

Donna Alvarez in a Meagan Klafehn design.

Corby and Stephanie Jastrow with Ann and Trent Townsend.

Ginger and Jack Blanton with Katheryn and Hank Coleman.

Austin Gala Co-Chair Mary Yancy with Deborah Green and Chris Mattsson.

DK and Mike Reynolds.

Annette Stevenson and Nikki Jackson.

Wendy and Justin Harvey.

Corbey and Kristin Salyer.

Will Meredith and Natalie Kothe.

Wolfgang and Julie Niedert.

Bailey Tipps and Margaret Walter with Alison and William Binford.

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