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CONNECT, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party
Saturday, November 5, 2016


Join us for CONNECT, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party as we celebrate art, culture and creativity. In honor of George and Nancy Putnam, the Gala experience and design will be influenced by PEM collection textiles as well as the outstanding artistic and cultural creativity they support.

Our theme this year is CONNECT, in recognition of the connections we all make to art, culture and community through PEM. Join with us as we celebrate our Gala Honorees Nancy and George Putnam—outstanding leaders of the PEM community who embody our museum's mission of connecting people to art and experiences that transform perspectives. The Gala will include multisensory delights including cocktails, a seated dinner and dance party.

Proceeds from CONNECT, the PEM Gala, Auction & Dance Party, provide necessary support for the museum's education, outreach and public programs. Your support is appreciated..

Dinner & Auction — SOLD OUT

• 6:00 pm start time
• Cocktail Hour
• Plated Dinner
• Auction
• Open Bar
• Attire: creative black tie
• Dancing until Midnight

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Dance Party

• 9:00 pm start time
• 9 – 9:30 pm reception
• Open Bar
• Dancing until Midnight
• Dessert

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BBH logo

First Republic
Halloran Consulting Group
Prince Charitable Trusts

Bennett & Company
Connolly Brothers Inc.
Fiduciary Trust

In-Kind Support Provided By:
The Catered Affair
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The Journeyman Press
Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting
Port Lighting

Premier Furniture Sponsors
Peterson Party Center
Reserve Modern Event Rental
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CONNECT Art Experience

Theater and opera director Giselle Ty returns to the Peabody Essex Museum to create a unique one-night-only experience for our CONNECT Gala, Auction & Dance Party. Working with a team of innovative designers and performers, Ty creates a constellation of experiences, installations, performances and pop-ups where audience members meet curious, sometimes surreal characters in fragmentary but evocative and intimate environments.

You encounter these experiences and characters throughout the evening as they are woven into the Gala experience.

Artist Bio

Giselle Ty is a stage director based in New York and London who focuses on interdisciplinary, experimental, site-specific work. This season she directs the world premiere of Sweat for the Center for Contemporary Opera at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and develops her next audience experience piece, Invitation to an Empty Room, through a residency at New Georges. She also assistant directs theatrical collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and a production of Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House in London

Last year, she conceived and directed All at Once Upon a Time (or Variations on the Theme of Disappearing) at PEM's Gardner-Pingree House. The piece blended elements of installation, performance and happening in an immersive theatrical setting.

Auction and Raffle

Robbie Gordy

Robbie Gordy is an Associate Vice President at Christie's New York, where as Senior Features Editor he works on the development and presentation of the auction house's most prestigious and high-profile consignments.

Robbie's recent work has included the notable fine art collections of gallerists Ileana Sonnabend and Nina Castelli Sundell; groundbreaking Asian art dealer Robert Hatfield Ellsworth; financier and diplomat John C. Whitehead; businessman and philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman; and the Clark Family Treasures sale of works from Huguette Clark and her father, the nineteenthcentury industrialist W.A. Clark.

A Fulbright Scholar and graduate of London's Courtauld Institute of Art, Robbie studied nineteenth-century European painting and sculpture, as well as international Modern and Contemporary art, before joining Christie's London saleroom. As a Charity Auctioneer, he works with philanthropic, civic, and cultural organizations in New York and across the United States. In 2015 alone, Robbie raised some $5 million for charitable causes.



The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to present our 2016 CONNECT, PEM Gala Committee.

Gala Honorees
Nancy and George Putnam

Gala Committee Co-Chairs
Susan Esco Chandler and Alfred D. Chandler
Hillary Hedges Rayport and Jeffrey F. Rayport

Gala Committee
Ana Colmenero
Lauren Gudonis
Gina and Walter Jacob
Marci Johnson and George Howard
Sandra Urie and Frank Herron

Gala Dance Committee Co-Chairs
Christina and Joshua Cahill
Eden and Joseph Davies

Gala Dance Committee
Caroline and Ian Cox
Melis Dural
Amy and Andrew Kingman
Mallie and Stuart F. Pratt
Jessica Radford