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Join the Phoenix Art Museum at its 65th Anniversary Sapphire Gala at The pARTy in the Garden and The Pink afterpARTy on Saturday, April 13. Engage in exclusive experiences, get first-time-ever inside looks at exhibits, and indulge in fine foods and cocktails under the stars while supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and arts education programs, a vital part of the Phoenix community. Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum.jpg.jpg

The pARTy in the Garden commences at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Acclaimed Valley vocalist and pianist Luke Holton will grace guests with his enchanting melodies while being among the first to exclusively view the Arizona premiere of the exhibit, Multiple Realities Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s

The new addition to the museum is a survey of experimental art made by almost 100 artists from six Central-Eastern European nations: East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia. The exhibit examines how artists dealt with the strict rulings from their local governments by trying and mixing new and different art types. To face the tough realities of their daily lives, while also avoiding being caught or silenced by the authorities who closely watched them, they expressed their struggles in loud silence. 

At 7:30 p.m., gala guests will enjoy dinner under the stars in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden with a jazz performance by Zazu West, an Arizona-based ensemble. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., pARTy guests and those with The Pink afterpARTy tickets are invited to continue the festivities in Cummings Great Hall. 

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Phoenix Art Museum 65th Anniversary Sapphire pARTy in the Garden Chairs from left to right: Donald C. Opatrny, Jr., Chair of the Board of Trustees, Judith Opatrny, Michele Feeney, Trustee, and Matthew Feeney

Experience the “museum-after-dark” with music by DJ Yeezus, late-night snacks, pink-themed desserts and craft cocktails, which is all included with the ticket cost. Guests will also have unlimited, private access to the museum’s latest temporary exhibits, Barbie®: A Cultural Icon and The Power of Pink

Prepare your best evening cocktail attire and add a pop of pink and/or sapphire for the pARTy, as requested by the museum. For the afterpARTy, dress to impress in your finest fuchsias. 

Individual tickets to the 65th Anniversary Sapphire pARTy in the Garden begin at $1,250. Table sponsorships begin at $10,000 and include seating for up to 10. All gala tickets include access to The afterpARTy. For more information on the Sapphire Gala at The pARTy in the Garden, visit phxart.org/special-events-series/party2024, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 602.307.2082. 

Individual tickets for The Pink afterpARTy are $165 for the public or two tickets for $300 and $125 for members of Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona Costume Institute. For more information regarding The Pink afterpARTy, visit phxart.org/special-events-series/afterparty2024

Complimentary valet parking will be provided for both events.

Photos courtesy Phoenix Art Museum