Advocate staff report
October 10, 2012
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum will host its Golden Anniversary Gala from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.
Gala goers will be the first to see the exhibit, titled “50 Years of Collecting,” showcasing artworks and artifacts selected from among LASM’s major holdings.
“Through the years, LASM’s primary audiences have always been families and schoolchildren. As the community has grown and changed, so has LASM’s collection,” said Carol Gikas, the museum’s president and executive director. “The wide variety of objects in this Golden Anniversary exhibition reflects how LASM and the community have changed and grown through the decades.”
The exhibit is installed in themes.
“Inspired by the European 16th-century Wunderkammer, cabinets of curiosity or room of wonder, our galleries will group objects according to themes, such as the natural world, art and civilization, trade and discovery, religion and ritual, scientifica, and mirabilia,” Gikas said. “Each visitor will find at least one favorite object to go home thinking and talking about.”
The gala will include an array of food and drink from Baton Rouge’s top restaurants and caterers, music by Ned Fasullo and his Fabulous Big Band Orchestra and a silent auction, featuring hundreds of deluxe items, including fine art, a fishing trip, beach condos and more.
“This year, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Gala will celebrate LASM’s Golden Anniversary,” said Pam Sills, the museum’s development director.
“The event will feature a golden environment and golden rhythms ... Gala Chairwoman Courtney Newbill and her committee have a spectacular evening planned, with all proceeds benefitting LASM educational programming.”
The event also will feature a raffle of a set of three Roberto Coin woven bracelets, donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry and valued at $5,060. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at $50 each, and raffle entrants need not be present to win.
Admission is $100 for museum members and $150 for nonmembers. Admission tickets, raffle tickets, auction items and memberships are available for purchase online.
For tickets or more information, call (225) 344-5272, ext. 151, or visit http://www.lasm.org/gala.