Art Institute of Chicago & Collaberaction Theatre Company Gave Friday Happy Hour a Whole New Dimension

by Rachel Yeomans | October 6th, 2009   

This past Friday was illuminated from the Chicago lakefront, even through the rain. For the first time since the opening of the Chicago Art Institute’s new Modern Wing addition, the theatrical, musical, artistic and fashionable event, “After Dark”, took the hours of happy hour well into the evening among the recently unveiled marvels of modern art and renowned architecture. Akin to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “First Friday’s”, After Dark is an event held regularly at the Chicago Art Institute that offers food, drink and a social scene amidst the artwork within an iconic museum. However, unlike First Friday, After Dark is held only once a quarter, is not even close to the “meat market” feeling as that of First Friday, and works in collaboration with Chicago Theatre Company, Collaberaction. Throughout the evening, actors and performers from Collaberaction were seen as individuals in character scattered around the museum or in groups performing ensemble acts on the main staircase. Before the opening of the Modern Wing, After Dark was held in a smaller room in the Chicago museum. It was dark, cozy and seemed appropriate for the crowd one would expect to encounter wandering the halls of the Art Institute. However the Modern Wing touted its label on this event: It took it to the modern age. Bright lights, enthusiastic music and a much broader generation spectrum filled the halls and galleries with the accompaniment of food and drink. Despite the Midwest weather, Chicago is always able to show its city a great time.

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Guests Enjoy the Festivities

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Collaberaction Performer Poses for the Camera

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This Woman’s Dress Was Completely Asymmetrical – Hopefully the Camera Captured its Fantastic Style!

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I love the Belted Look with the Purple Dress!

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Some Guests Tried to Compete with the Art While Enjoying It Apparently

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Who Would Think that Spandex Shorts and a Zip Vest Would Look This Good?

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Love the Alternate Textures in this Look

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Accents of Blue Tie This Look Together Perfectly!

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Crowd with Projection at the Chicago Art Institute Modern Wing

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2 comments
Abby
Abby

Love the article!!!! Some really interesting fashions...I think the most fashionable were the two in the second to last picture. The blue is fabulous. Plus they are just adorable. :)

<3 Abby

Abby
Abby

Love the article!!!! Some really interesting fashions...I think the most fashionable were the two in the second to last picture. The blue is fabulous. Plus they are just adorable. :)

<3 Abby