Tickets to Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball 2017 now on sale

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
Tel: 515.271.0343

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Tickets to Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball 2017: Alchemy now on sale

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 2017) – Tickets to a gilded night of luxury celebrating hair as a form of contemporary self-expression are now on sale. The Des Moines Art Center’s 8th Big Hair Ball will  showcase the art of hair, makeup, and fashion on Saturday, May 13 from 7:30 pm – midnight. The event takes place at 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, in the I. M. Pei building, the Art Center’s first addition built in 1968 by the world-renowned architect who also designed the pyramid at the Louvre, Paris. The event will transform the space, and be only the second time in Art Center history (and perhaps the last) a party has been held in the Pei building.

Sponsored by the Art Center’s member group Art Noir, “Alchemy,” celebrates all things gold and promises to be an extravagant night of fashion and entertainment, featuring a live runway show with some of
Des Moines’ finest big hair creations from local salons, barbers, and stylists. The 2017 theme is inspired by the Art Center’s exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, on view through Friday, May 5.

This is an event for ages 21+.

Ticket Information

All tickets provide access to the party on the main level and in the courtyard with complimentary boutique experiences for your glamorous finishing touches. Light passed appetizers and a late night snack included. One complimentary signature drink and a full cash bar. Tickets may be purchased on the Art Center’s website.

VIP Runway Access ($125) – Extremely limited quantities
Special access to VIP level with seating directly around the runway, VIP swag bag, access to VIP bar, and 1 VIP drink ticket.

VIP Access ($100) – Limited quantities
Access to VIP level with off-runway seating, VIP swag bag, access to VIP bar, and 1 VIP drink ticket.

Advanced General Admission* ($85 / $65 members)
Day of General Admission ($100)
Cocktail-style, standing-room only general admission on the main level above the runway. The view from the general admission level includes an abbreviated catwalk experience and live projection of the runway.

*Advanced sales close at midnight on Friday, May 12.

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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