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Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series




Clutch your pearls and fill your glasses! The Cummer Museum is throwing a dinner party! This avant-garde series of dinners will inspire your palate and spark your creative energies, all to support bringing an exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions and related programming to the Jacksonville community. The Cummers were known to be legendary hosts. Here is your chance to join the Museum in celebration of the stories behind the artwork featured in the Museum’s annual exhibition calendar.

The Cummer Museum invites guests to celebrate Japanese art, culture, and cuisine at Artful Umami: A Japanese Dinner Party in honor of Fields of Color: The Art of Japanese Printmaking, currently on view at the Museum. It is easy to get lost in the silky pastels and striking compositions featured in these colorful prints. Luminous lanterns, cunning kitsune, and cherry-blossom-lined landscapes invite visitors to peer into popular scenes from Japan’s Edo Period. Just take care you are not spirited away. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite hue and enjoy an evening of beautiful music, colorful performances, umami-packed food, and of course, sake in appreciation of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. 

Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art calls on viewers to contemplate crime through a series of “remixed” images. This exhibition depicts the story of one of the most thrilling art heists in history in which 13 works of art, including pieces from masters like Rembrandt and Degas, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. This infamous burglary case remains unsolved. In this vein, the Cummer Museum invites guests to solve a most-puzzling mystery when they join the Museum for A Captivating Caper: A Mystery Dinner Party. Festivities include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music. Hats, monocles, and false mustaches are encouraged. Just don’t get caught red-handed at this exciting event! 

With masterpieces on view from artists like Renoir and Degas, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse will certainly make quite an impression. Visitors will be surrounded by dazzling interpretations of light, color, and texture from some of the biggest icons of French Impressionism. As a complement to this exhibition, the Museum  is calling all Francophiles to be our guest at Soirée Bohème: A French Dinner Party. The decadent menu is sure to delight and the music will have guests dancing the can-can. Frills, ruffles, and anything très chic are encouraged. 

All Dinner Party guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful experiences, and dinner. VIP guests will enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets to a single dinner or all three. Visit our website for more information.

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