CAM’s Dada Ball & Bash fundraiser mixes space odyssey with space oddity

CAM’s Dada Ball & Bash

St. Louis- The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents the eighth edition of its notorious Dada Ball & Bash—the Museum’s biannual “anti-gala”—on Saturday, March 2, 2019. This year CAM takes its cue from the spring exhibition Christine Corday: RELATIVE POINTS and the words of the late Carl Sagan: “We are made of star-stuff.” Just as Sagan and Corday—whose site- specific installation of sculptures are fashioned from the same materials found at the core of stars—encourage us to consider our relationship to the cosmos, so too does CAM celebrate the star-stuff in us all at the 2019 Dada Ball & Bash.

“Everybody is a star at this year’s fundraiser,” says Lisa Melandri, the Museum’s executive director, who also organized the Corday exhibition, on view at CAM January 18 through April 21, 2019. “Christine Corday is a source of inspiration for the Dada Ball & Bash because she combines the sciences with the fine arts to create elemental yet otherworldly objects that make us think about our place in the universe. Like Carl Sagan, she reminds us that we are made of star-stuff, and the Dada Ball & Bash is our chance to celebrate that. CAM reaches for the stars through our dynamic exhibitions, engaging public programming, and our educational initiatives at the museum and in our schools. Not only is the Dada Ball & Bash the brightest night of the year, it most importantly provides essential funding to continue to make a positive impact throughout our community.”

The 2019 Dada Ball & Bash will be held at Palladium and Joule, in Lafayette Square, and will feature space-age cocktails, dining among the stars, zero-gravity dancing, and supersonic entertainment. For the Dada Bash after-party, CAM introduces New York-based, Atlanta-native, indie-black-punk-R&B-queer music artist Fusilier, who will play a stellar set. The Dada Ball & Bash mixes space odyssey with space oddity, and everyone’s invited to don their stylish space gear—anything from Barbarella to Ziggy Stardust to Mork to Uhura.

The co-chairs for the event are Alexis Cossé and Erik Karanik, and Mary Ann and Andy Srenco. All proceeds benefit CAM’s universe-expanding exhibitions and star- bright education programs. For additional information visit camstl.org/dada.

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