Two Weeks Until Santa Monica Museum Of Art's Precognito/Incognito Events

Sunday, 28 Apr 2013, 8:37:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Discover original works from more than 500 artists at the Santa Monica Museum of Art's Incognito fundraiser on May 11.
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Discover original works from more than 500 artists at the Santa Monica Museum of Art's Incognito fundraiser on May 11.

Just two weeks remain to buy tickets for the Santa Monica Museum of Art's  highly anticipated annual exhibition and benefit art sale.

Now in its ninth year, Incognito will be held Saturday, May 11. It

will be accompanied by the second annual Precognito Gala Dinner and Art

Preview event on Thursday, May 9.

On the evening of Thursday, May 9, SMMoA will celebrate its 25th

anniversary at the Precognito Gala, co-chaired by Shulamit Nazarian and

Bruce Adlhoch and honorary co-chairs Simon Baker, Rebecca Rigg, Jonathan

Dayton, and Valerie Faris.

Pioneering gallery owner Margo Leavin and iconic opera and theater

director Peter Sellars are the honorees.

Each will be introduced by an

acclaimed artist -- John Baldessari and Bill Viola, respectively.

The

evening will begin with a cocktail reception and dinner created by the

inimitable chef Alice Waters and décor designed by dosa's charismatic

founder, Christina Kim.

Precognito guests are given the first look at more than 600 original

works of art on May 9 that will be available for purchase at INCOGNITO

two nights later on May 11.

These exclusive celebrations not only provide guests the opportunity

to discover treasures for their collections, but also support SMMoA's

free programming for more than 50,000 individuals, families, and

students.

Incognito

will feature more than 600 original artworks by more than 500 leading,

mid-career, and emerging contemporary artists.

All Incognito artworks are the same 8"x10" size and available for

only $350 plus tax. This highly energized evening encourages attendees

-- from sophisticated art patrons to first-time collectors -- to trust

their instincts in selecting the works, as each piece is signed on the

back and the artists' identities are revealed only after purchase.

The element of surprise that underlies Incognito reflects the essence

of discovery that inspires SMMoA's exhibitions, education, and outreach

programs. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Precognito/Incognito

directly support the Museum.

On Sunday, May 12, 2013, there will be a second opportunity to

purchase Incognito artworks. The exhibition and art sale will continue

from 11 am to 2 pm; admission is $10 and free for SMMoA members; all the

guidelines of the May 11 event will apply.

For more information, visit smmoa.org.

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