An art collection adds to the ambiance of a room and distracts visitors from the fact that there are no walls. Ignore architectural absence with this GrouponLive deal to the 2013 Pointe of Departure Benefit Art Exhibition, presented by The Joffrey Ballet, at Block 37. For $49, you get one general-admission ticket to the event on Thursday, February 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (a $75 value).
Supporting the continually pioneering efforts of The Joffrey Ballet, the third annual Pointe of Departure Art Exhibition opens up the elegant spaces of Block 37 for an evening of art appreciation and lighthearted fun. With drinks in hand, guests can peruse galleries furnished with thought-provoking paintings specially commissioned to celebrate the beauty of dance and to point out the hideousness of standing still. The exhibition's centerpiece is a display of artwork inspired by the Joffrey's American Legends series, paying tribute to the choreography of such masters as Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Gerald Arpino––all featured in the Joffrey's winter program. The artists who created the exhibition’s eye-dazzling pieces will also be in attendance, and visitors can purchase artwork or participate in a silent auction to benefit The Joffrey Ballet. The collage pictured above, by artist Jason Mecier, will be among the pieces available to purchase.
The Joffrey Ballet
Hailed as America's Company of Firsts, the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet has been blazing an artistic trail through media stereotypes since 1956 to redefine the global view of ballet. Through its maiden voyages as the first dance company to perform at the White House and on television, appear on the cover of Time, and commission a rock 'n' roll ballet, the Joffrey's artistically dynamic works have inspired a broad audience and a major motion picture. Its troupe of classically trained, world-class dancers oozes grace as they execute a diverse repertoire of classical masterpieces and cutting-edge performances. The company's annual Nutcracker performances have garnered global acclaim, and it attracts a wide audience in Chicago and around the world during national and international tours.
The Joffrey Ballet also bolsters the Windy City's arts education and dance training through the Joffrey Academy of Dance and community-engagement programs. The Chicago Philharmonic serves as the Joffrey’s official orchestra, bringing its diverse and innovative musical talent to the company's performances.