The New York World's Fair special at the Ice Terrace restaurant in 1939 was prime rib -- a complete dinner with Caesar salad, green beans and baked potato for $2.25.
Close to 400 guests paid a lot more than that on Friday to attend the opening gala for "Inventing the Modern World; Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs 1851-1939" at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The evening was filled with nice, old-timey touches like deviled eggs as an appetizer and a top hat on the head of CMA's Jason Busch, who curated the spectacular exhibition with Catherine Futter from the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
There was so much to see in the Heinz Galleries and not enough time to see it if socializing was also on your menu. Guests mingled in the Hall of Sculpture on their way to the hearty dinner in the Music Hall foyer, which was draped in deep red and filled with turn-of-the-century floral arrangements by Bill Chisnell. Afterward it was on to the speakeasy and music from the Boilermaker Jazz Band. Mr. Busch acted as host and emcee for the evening, welcoming guests here, there and everywhere with the kind of energy it takes to assemble a show of this stature. Board chair Marty McGuinn (with Ann), CMA director Lynn Zelevansky (with Paul) and Jay Everette, a senior VP with sponsor Wells Fargo, also spoke.
Among the guests hoping to win the Henne Jewelry raffle were Carnegie Museums president John Wetenhall, Women's Committee president Susan Block with husband John Robinson Block, assistant Decorative Arts curator Dawn Reid, exhibit sponsors Ritchie Scaife, Deedee Wigmore and Emily Lenz and Bill and Janet Hunt; Chip and Lynn Desmone, John and Dara Henne, Alex and Silvia Speyer, Toto Fisher, Wallis and Marshall Katz, Kenny and Gordon Nelson, Kitty Hillman, Debbie Dick and Art Stroyd, John and Donna Peterman, Steve Webster, Richard Burkland and Maureen Kerr, Nancy and Ed Byrnes, Louis Talotta, Shawn and Heather Bell, Kevin Mullen and Jeannine Ohayon, David Kozloff and Mark Meaders and many more.
Gee, whether to take the brand new Bentley or the Wells Fargo wagon home -- both waited outside the museum in a colorful clash of centuries.
First Published October 16, 2012 4:00 AM