The pARTy at Phoenix Art Museum Opens Geoffrey Beene Exhibit

Samantha DeRose

Signature Event Raises Funds and Offers Sneak Peek of Major Fashion Retrospective

Who: High-profile, community-leader chairs; Phoenix Art Museum members and art lovers throughout the Valley

What:  Phoenix Art Museum’s signature annual fundraiser, The pARTy, will kickoff its widely anticipated exhibition MOVE: The Modern Cut of Geoffrey Beene. The intimate evening will transform the Museum’s Cummings Great HallammeHall into a spectacular entertainment venue. The attire is cocktail and event chairs are Ellen and Howard Katz.

Curated by Helen Jean, the Museum’s Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design, the major fashion exhibition showcases colorful, imaginative garments by the late designer and provides an intimate view into his career and process.

MOVE: The Modern Cut of Geoffrey Beene is organized by Phoenix Art Museum with the support of Authentic Brands Group, LLC. It is made possible through the generosity of Ellen and Howard C. Katz, Miriam and Yefim Sukhman, KJZZ, Arizona Costume Institute, and the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Endowment Fund, with additional support from Kimpton Hotel Palomar and the Museum’s Circles of Support and Museum Members.

During the evening, Phoenix Art Museum will also honor Patsy Tarr, president of the 2wice Arts Foundation and the founder and publisher of 2wice magazines and books, who gifted more 300 custom-made Geoffrey Beene ensembles to the Museum in 2020, helping to establish Phoenix Art Museum as one of the nation’s leading institutions with holdings of Beene’s designs, now housed in the institution’s Geoffrey Beene Archive.

The event features:

  • Cocktails in the Katz Wing for Modern Art
  • Dinner in Cummings Great Hall
  • Dessert and dancing
  • Live entertainment
  • Valet parking
  • Cocktail attire

When:  6:30PM on Saturday, January 28, 2023

Where: Phoenix Art Museum, located at 1625 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix

Why: All proceeds from The pARTy benefit exhibitions, education programs, and vital operations at Phoenix Art Museum.

Cost:  Tickets start at $1,000, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Phoenix Art Museum

RSVP: For event information, ticketing, donor, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit This event typically sells out.

About The pARTy

The pARTy Chairs
Ellen and Howard Katz

Honorary Chair
Patsy Tarr

Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance
Carole and Arte Moreno
Dionne and F. Francis Najafi
Judy and Don Opatrny
Sue and Bud Selig

Laurie and Drew Brown
Amy and Andrew Cohn
Gloria and Phil Cowen
Susan and Carter Emerson
Nancy Hanley Eriksson and Ronald Eriksson
Margot and Dennis Knight
Sally Odegard and Bill Pope
Lisa and Blair J. Portigal
Miriam and Yefim Sukhman
Meredith and Charlie von Arentschildt

For more information: or 602.307.2082.

Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum, Photo: Dan Vermillion

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