The Museum of Contemporary Art's annual artEdge benefit was a visual feast of art, performance and intriguing decor. Guests entered through the tented Sculpture Garden to discover a world of plastic where every object, including the floors, walls, table fixtures and even the chandeliers, was created from or coated with plastic, giving the space an otherworldly, ice-palace feel. Ninety percent of the materials used by Heffernan Morgan Designs were from recycled products that were again recycled after the event. The cloudlike, plastic ceiling pulsated with glowing lights as the crowd dined on cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from Wolfgang Puck, who catered the event.
Award-winning artist Nick Cave treated the crowd to a special presentation of his Soundsuits, which are larger-than-life living sculptures made from textiles and found materials. Their swishing and rustling created their own soundtracks while the eye-popping assortment of colors created unique performance art.
Event chairmen Liza and Marc Brooks, Anne and Don Edwards, Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert thanked the 460 guests for supporting the museum, with Pritzker announcing that more than $1 million had been raised this night. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, were honorary chairmen for the event. Emanuel, dressed in black jeans, white shirt and sport coat, thanked the leadership for not making the event black tie. Indeed, this was a night to be creative as the invite stated "fashionably funky attire."
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