First Night Preview Party
Saturday, December 1, 2018: 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $300 per person
Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North | St. Paul, MN
Be among the first to lay eyes on the newest, coolest museum in town!
Join us for First Night, and get a swanky sneak peek of the new M at an exclusive preview party on Saturday evening – the night before our free, public Grand Opening festivities on Sunday, December 2.
Savor plentiful small-plates of modern American fare, artfully crafted by the chefs of Crave Catering, and decadent confections by Legacy Chocolates. Ethereal music by Lumina in the Pioneer Building’s incredible 16-story light court. Plus, taste of 12welve Eyes Brewing’s new beer, inspired by Paul Manship’s Group of Bears. It’s the first in 12welve Eyes’ new series of craft beers, made especially to pair with exhibitions at the M.
You’ll be able to renew your acquaintance with beloved art in the M’s collection in 100 Years and Counting and mingle with featured artists, like Ta-Coumba Aiken, Hazel Belvo, Teo Nguyen, and Judy Onofrio. Meet New York-based artist Sheila Pepe and Minnesota artist David Bowen, whose works will be featured in the M’s new, two-story sculpture court and street-facing window gallery.
The evening begins with a toast to the new M at 7 p.m., and continues with music, pop-up performances, artist demonstrations, and art activities. You can also “adopt an artwork” and try your hand at a giant paint-by-number of a work from the M’s collection.
It’s not every day a new museum opens. Let’s mark the occasion in style!
Formal and creative attire encouraged. Hosted bar and valet provided. Hotel accommodations are also available at a discounted rate at the nearby InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel.
This event is expected to sell out – get your tickets soon!
Thank you to our host committee:
Nancy and Steve Apfelbacher, Jo and Gordon Bailey, Mike Birt, Christine Durand, Sue and Tom Focke, Kristin Makholm, Robyne Robinson, Jim Rustad and Kay Thomas, Michael and John Sammler-Jones, and Helen Wagner.
Proceeds from this event support the ongoing artistic and educational programming at the M. Fair market value of a First Night ticket is $75; the tax deductible amount is $225.