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In an evening dedicated to celebrating 65 years of art and culture, the Phoenix Art Museum is set to dazzle guests with its Sapphire Gala, The pARTy in the Garden, on Saturday, April 13. This milestone event will be followed by the much-anticipated Pink afterpARTy, offering a unique museum experience after dark.

Commencing at 6 p.m., The pARTy in the Garden promises an unforgettable night starting with a cocktail hour filled with the tunes of the Valley’s own Luke Holton. The gala will present an exclusive first look at “Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s-1980s,” a groundbreaking exhibition showcasing the innovative spirit of artists during the Cold War era.

As the sun sets, attendees will be treated to an outdoor dining experience in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, a first for the museum, accompanied by the sounds of French swing and jazz by Zazu West.

The celebration continues with The Pink afterpARTy in Cummings Great Hall, starting at 9 p.m. This after-hours event will feature music by DJ Yeezus, late-night treats, and unlimited access to “Barbie: A Cultural Icon” and “The Power of Pink” exhibit. The latter draws from the museum’s extensive fashion design collection, highlighting haute couture pieces including Post Malone’s 2019 Grammy outfit.

Encouraging a splash of color, the museum requests attendees to dress in cocktail attire featuring hints of pink and sapphire. The afterpARTy encourages guests to wear their most dazzling fuchsias or sophisticated pinks.

Tickets for the Sapphire Gala start at $1,250, with table sponsorships from $10,000, including admission to the afterpARTy. Those interested in joining just the late-night fun can purchase tickets for The Pink afterpARTy at $165 for the public, with a special rate for Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona Costume Institute members.

The Phoenix Art Museum, a cornerstone of Arizona’s art scene since 1959, continues to offer unparalleled access to a diverse range of art and cultural experiences. With over 19,000 works spanning various genres and periods, the museum remains a pivotal institution in the southwestern United States, fostering creativity and connection through art.

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