Contemporary Arts Center gala urges us to ‘FastForward’ through 2021 and beyond

Saturday, August 28, 6 p.m. CAC

Each year, the Contemporary Arts Center gala brings together community thought leaders, artists, creatives, collectors, and patrons from throughout the Midwest for an evening celebration. This year’s theme, “FastForward,” urges guests to embrace 2021 as a time to be forward-looking and future-facing, moving onward with optimism. Host for the evening is Reginald Harris, a member of the CAC’s The 50, a diverse group of younger benefactors committed to maintaining free access to the museum.

Gala host Reginald Harris

The CAC’s most significant annual fundraiser raises community support via two major components. First, there is an online art auction that takes place over two weeks, Aug. 16-30, via global auction partner,

At the corresponding gala celebration, guests will enjoy an in-person viewing of the auction’s featured artworks on the gallery walls with the chance to bid on individual works, along with performances and entertainment, complimentary food and drink, and mixing with other guests. Follow the event on Instagram @fastforwardgala.

Artists include:

  • Hellen Ascoli
  • Bjorn Braun,
  • Marjolin Dijkman
  • Constant Dullaart
  • Michelle Grabner
  • Graciela Iturbide
  • Kim Krause
  • Graham MacIndoe
  • Claes Oldenberg
  • Dana Schutz
  • Julia Wachtel
  • and many more

Performances by:

  • Siri Imani (of Triiibe)
  • Amy Tuttle
  • OUECHa (DJ set)
  • Nick Keeling
  • Sabastooge (DJ set)
  • Stacey Vest  

Interactive art installations by:

  • Ray’s Aura Portraits
  • Unwoodly
  • Haute Air Balloons

Food will be provided by Calliope Sweets, The Eagle Fausto at the CAC, Parts & Labor and Red Sesame.

Marcus Margerum is interim director of the CAC.

Tickets begin at $150 per person . Attire is semi-formal, and futurism is encouraged.

Founded in 1939 as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center is a catalyst for dialogue and discovery, driven by the art, artists and ideas of our time.

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