On The Avenue

Meet Me at the Met

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Carl Timpone/BFA.com
Monday, October 23, 2017
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On Thursday, October 19, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted its 2017 Apollo Circle Benefit, marking the group’s 20th Anniversary. Donned in their best black tie, young patrons walked like an Egyptian through the Sackler Wing and into the Temple of Dendur, which was transformed into a dance floor worthy of a pharaoh. 

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 Museum’s collection and exhibitions.“The Met’s Apollo Circle was founded 20 years ago to introduce the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions to young supporters through exclusive programs and events, and to provide an opportunity for them to build a life-long relationship with the museum, its curators and staff,” said Brooke Bates, Membership Officer for Events and Programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Membership has quadrupled since it was founded.

Its size was on full display on Thursday, as the dance floor spilled into the cocktail space for the main DJ’d event, held from 9 p.m. until midnight. The evening began with a Benefit committee dinner from 7–9 p.m. before moving into the Temple of Dendur, its circa 10 B.C. hieroglyphics glowing with a 21-century light show.

Proceeds from the event supported art conservation and research at The Met. The event was co-chaired by Noreen Khalid Ahmad, Wright and Calvine Harvey, Caspar Jopling, Isabelle Trapnell Marino, Natasha Mitra and Charlotte Van Dercook. Apollo Circle co-chairs are Sarah Chilton, Astrid Hill, Genevieve Kinney and Charlotte Santo Domingo.


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