Memphis College of Art Conjures the Past with Art of Darkness

by - October 19, 2015

Memphis College of Art will present Art of Darkness, a Halloween fundraising event, on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m.–midnight in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park.
While MCA’s annual Holiday Bazaar takes a pause this year, the college will open its doors with a new event that pays tribute to its history of elaborate masquerades and costume balls. “We were inspired to revive the masquerade balls and costume parties that took place in the 1940s and beyond, when the Art Academy was located at the James Lee House in Victorian Village,” said Laura Hine, vice president for college advancement. “The vintage film footage of these parties is strikingly cool—showcasing the elaborate, magnificent costumes and the obvious fun everyone had. Today, as in the past, this will be an event that celebrates creativity, humor and playfulness.”
The evening will feature music from Holly Cole and the Memphis Dawls, and mesmerizing artwork by Chicago-based artist Anne Harris. Whether donning an outlandish costume or simply sporting a mask purchased at the front door, this event will entertain adult partygoers of all age groups. “Halloween, like no other holiday, allows for unbridled imagination and fun for adults; it’s a great opportunity to let your hair down, or at the very least, have a blast looking at people who do if you're not personally into costumes,” said Hine. Light hors d’oeuvres from Whole Foods will accompany beer donated by Ghost River, wine and Svedka Vodka “toxic tonic” cocktails.
All proceeds from Art of Darkness will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which awards approximately $5 million in scholarships to students each year. Tickets are $60 VIP (includes bar) or $40 (cash bar), and may be purchased online at or at the door the night of the event.

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