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CONNECT, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party
Saturday, November 5, 2016


Join us for CONNECT, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party as we celebrate art, culture and creativity. In honor of George and Nancy Putnam, the Gala experience and design will be influenced by PEM collection textiles as well as the outstanding artistic and cultural creativity they support.

Our theme this year is CONNECT, in recognition of the connections we all make to art, culture and community through PEM. Join with us as we celebrate our Gala Honorees Nancy and George Putnam—outstanding leaders of the PEM community who embody our museum's mission of connecting people to art and experiences that transform perspectives. The Gala will include multisensory delights including cocktails, a seated dinner and dance party.

Proceeds from CONNECT, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party, provide necessary support for the museum's education, outreach and public programs. Your support is appreciated..

Dinner & Auction — SOLD OUT

• 6:00 pm start time
• Cocktail Hour
• Plated Dinner
• Auction
• Open Bar
• Attire: creative black tie
• Dancing until Midnight

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Dance Party

• 9:00 pm start time
• 9 – 9:30 pm reception
• Open Bar
• Dancing until Midnight
• Dessert

Tickets are available at the door.

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First Republic
Halloran Consulting Group
Prince Charitable Trusts

Bennett & Company
Connolly Brothers Inc.
Fiduciary Trust

In-Kind Support Provided By:
The Catered Affair
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The Journeyman Press
Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting
Port Lighting

Premier Furniture Sponsors
Peterson Party Center
Reserve Modern Event Rental
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CONNECT Art Experience

Theater and opera director Giselle Ty returns to the Peabody Essex Museum to create a unique one-night-only experience for our CONNECT Gala, Auction & Dance Party. Working with a team of innovative designers and performers, Ty creates a constellation of immersive installations, performances and pop-ups.

Audience will encounter these evocative but fragmentary experiences and sometimes surreal performer-driven moments throughout the evening as they are woven into the Gala experience.

Artist Bio

Giselle Ty is a stage director based in New York and London who focuses on interdisciplinary, experimental, site-specific work. This season she directs the world premiere of Sweat for the Center for Contemporary Opera at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and develops her next audience experience piece, Invitation to an Empty Room, through a residency at New Georges. She also assistant directs theatrical collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and a production of Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House in London

Last year, she conceived and directed All at Once Upon a Time (or Variations on the Theme of Disappearing) at PEM's Gardner-Pingree House. The piece blended elements of installation, performance and happening in an immersive theatrical setting.

Auction and Raffle

Robbie Gordy

Robbie Gordy is an Associate Vice President at Christie's New York, where as Senior Features Editor he works on the development and presentation of the auction house's most prestigious and high-profile consignments.

Robbie's recent work has included the notable fine art collections of gallerists Ileana Sonnabend and Nina Castelli Sundell; groundbreaking Asian art dealer Robert Hatfield Ellsworth; financier and diplomat John C. Whitehead; businessman and philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman; and the Clark Family Treasures sale of works from Huguette Clark and her father, the nineteenthcentury industrialist W.A. Clark.

A Fulbright Scholar and graduate of London's Courtauld Institute of Art, Robbie studied nineteenth-century European painting and sculpture, as well as international Modern and Contemporary art, before joining Christie's London saleroom. As a Charity Auctioneer, he works with philanthropic, civic, and cultural organizations in New York and across the United States. In 2015 alone, Robbie raised some $5 million for charitable causes.


Auction items

Night at the Muesum!

Ever wonder what the museum is like after hours? You can see for yourself! You and your children can experience a private "Night at the Museum" sleepover created by PEM's Education and Interpretation Team. PEM staff will work with you to create a night you'll never forget with customized tours or programs. You and your party can experience activities such as a scavenger hunt through galleries or a flashlight tour with a guide. The possibilities are endless at PEM! Enjoy a pizza party in the Atrium and breakfast snacks and coffee the next morning. PEM recently won Boston Magazine's Best Family-Friendly Museum, so your family is sure to have a blast.

Limited to 10 children. Includes customized program, event space and hospitality. A sleeping area will be provided in the museum. Bedding, sleeping mats and personal care items are not included.

Value: $10,000


Journey to London for Ocean Liners:
Glamour, Speed, and Style

Travel to London for the grand opening of the exhibition Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition, co-organized by PEM and the V&A, examines many aspects of these opulent vessels including architecture, graphic design, engineering and fashion. Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, will take you and a guest on a private tour of Ocean Liners to learn more about this groundbreaking exhibition. Your trip will include excursions throughout London to visit some of the most distinguished and interesting museums and galleries the city has to offer.

Includes travel-planning assistance, round-trip transportation from Boston to London, four nights at a deluxe hotel and select meals and excursions while in London. Limited to two guests. Exhibition opens February 2018.

Value: Priceless


Shoes and Style: Styling Session with Cynthia Carr Gardner and Two Pairs of Duende Shoes

Enjoy a four-hour personal shopping experience in the beautiful Fifth Avenue Club at Saks Fifth Avenue Boston. Join distinguished stylist Cynthia Carr Gardner for a unique styling session. Cynthia has been a sought-after stylist for print, television and her personal clientele for more than three decades. Smith and Hampshire colleges gave her the foundation to launch her career in New York at Glamour Magazine as an assistant fashion editor where the Do's and Don'ts were her purview. Katie Couric chose Cynthia as her personal stylist when she was tapped for the CBS anchor desk and then onto ABC for the Katie show. Her style was best exhibited for Katie at the Met Gala, walking the red carpet. Cynthia's philosophy of fashion is tailored to each client, whether street-savvy or camera close-up. Currently, Cynthia is a stylist in the Fifth Avenue Club at Saks/Boston as well as dividing her time between NYC and LA. Her elegance travels with her coast to coast.

Along with this wonderful styling session, we are pleased to offer two pairs of bespoke customized loafers from Duende. Duende creates luxury tuxedo loafers made to order by artisans in Spain. After being sized by Duende Founder Alden Hawkins, you will work with him to select the style and textile of your loafers, designing every detail from monogramming to tassels. Wear your new ensemble to a private tour for four of Shoes: Pleasure and Pain with PEM's James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director Lynda Roscoe Hartigan.

Personal shopping experience limited to two people and includes champagne, valet parking at Saks. Graciously donated by Cynthia Carr Gardner and Saks Fifth Avenue. Duende shoes graciously donated by Alden Hawkins.

Value: $5,000


Jam with Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitarist from Metallica

Join Kirk Hammett for an exclusive, private meet-andgreet for eight people, followed by a personal tour by Kirk of his visually arresting exhibition at PEM: Blood Curdling, Hair Raising, Spine Chilling: The Horror and Sci-Fi Film Art Collection of Kirk Hammett. Hammett, best known as the famed guitarist of the rock band Metallica, is also an avid collector of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. You will hear personal stories of what sparked his collecting and even listen to him riff live in the space. You will receive an autographed Kirk Hammett signature White Zombie electric guitar so you can shred as well.

Exhibition opens in August 2017. Dates subject to artist availability and exhibition opening dates.

Value: Priceless


Venice Biennale Adventure

Experience the history and sense of now in Venice during the 2017 Venice Biennale. Join Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, for an insider's look at one of the world's premiere contemporary art events. Trevor will offer a guided highlights tour of the Biennale as well as art experiences around the city. You will enjoy a three-day, four-night stay at Muazzo Palace. This unique property features five-star luxury in an authentic Venetian context. Occupying the piano nobile of a 16th-century palazzo, this beautiful home features modern conveniences and entrance on the canals allowing for your arrival by water taxi. Avoid the crowds and enjoy three special dining experiences and other excursions during your stay curated by residents in the know. From historic palaces, glassblowing and fine wine to contemporary art and fashion, this truly unique experience will make you feel like you are crossing time.

Dates subject to availability. The Venice Biennale takes place from May to November 2017. Includes travel-planning assistance, curated excursions in Venice, round-trip coach airfare from Boston to Venice, water taxi, four nights at the Muazzo Palace, entrance to the Biennale and three specially designed dining experiences.

Value: Priceless



The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to present our 2016 CONNECT, PEM Gala Committee.

Gala Honorees
Nancy and George Putnam

Gala Committee Co-Chairs
Susan Esco Chandler and Alfred D. Chandler
Hillary Hedges Rayport and Jeffrey F. Rayport

Gala Committee
Ana Colmenero
Lauren Gudonis
Gina and Walter Jacob
Marci Johnson and George Howard
Sandra Urie and Frank Herron

Gala Dance Committee Co-Chairs
Christina and Joshua Cahill
Eden and Joseph Davies

Gala Dance Committee
Caroline and Ian Cox
Melis Dural
Amy and Andrew Kingman
Mallie and Stuart F. Pratt
Jessica Radford