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Dance Like an Egyptian

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s young patrons mixed with some of the museum’s oldest artifacts in the Egyptian wing during the 2016 Apollo Circle Benefit, held on Wednesday, October 9.

The event, which attracted 900 young art enthusiasts, took place in the Temple of Dendur. The space was transformed into a 21st century night club, complete with dancing, cocktails, music by Grandmaster Flash and project design by Katherine Bernhardt. She was inspired by her travels to Egypt and Egyptian art.

Guests passed mummies and hieroglyphics as they made their way from the Museum’s grand entrance into the Temple. The party began at 9 p.m., and by 10, there was not a spot on the dance floor. Grandmaster Flash kept the festivities lively with mixes of classic rock songs. Think: September by Earth, Wind & Fire; and Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses. Of course, a party wouldn’t be complete without some Beyonce either.

The event, which ended at the stroke of midnight, benefitted the Met Apollo Circle Fund for Art Conservation.

The Met Apollo Circle is a membership group for young supporters of the art museum, with a variety of educational and social activities throughout the year to provide insights into the Museun’s collection and exhibitions.

The benefit chairs are Noreen K. Ahmad, Elizabwth Belfer, Ashleigh Fernandez, Isabelle Trapnell Marino, Natasha Mitra and Charlotte Van Dercook. The Apollo Circle Chairs are Sarah Chilton, Astrid Hill Datillo, Genevieve Kinney and Alejandro Santo Domingo.

Photos by Leandro Justen/BFA.com


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