Bringing food or drink into a museum gallery is a major taboo. Imagine sticky fingerprints left on a priceless piece of art.
The rules were broken on Saturday during An artistic evening at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
The event highlighted that works of art come in many forms – whether hung on the wall, placed on a pedestal or served in a glass or on a plate.
Guests first wandered through the galleries, stopping at six tasting stations where a libation was accompanied by a light bite and an artwork. Progressing from the lightest to the most daring, the stations featured:
• Brut Rose from the vineyards of Schramsberg in California, brie with fig jam and oil John F. Francis 1858, “Still life with fruit and wine”
• Roserock Chardonnay from Drouhin of Oregon, Swiss tortellini with herb oil and oil by David Gilmour Blythe circa 1850s, “The Wine Taster”
• Wayne Gretzky #99 Ice Cask Premium Canadian Whiskey, Aged Smoked Gouda and Oil William S. Reynolds 1889, “Still Life with Newspaper, Book and Whiskey Jug”
• Noah’s Mill Kentucky bourbon, smoked salmon mousse on rye and lead crystal whiskey decanters, maker and date unknown
• Marqués de Toro 2016 Finca la Moura Mencía, a Spanish wine, pork rillettes on toast and Marsden Hartley 1923 lithograph on paper, “Grapes”
• Williamsburg Winery’s Adagio, Fresh Cherry Dipped in Dark Chocolate and Bronze from Mario Joseph Korbel’s 1917, “Andante (Dancing Girls)”.
After the tasting hour, guests proceeded to the Cantilever Gallery, currently between major exhibitions, where tables were set for a formal dinner. Entree choices included top sirloin, sustainable Atlantic cold water cod, or vegetable tower in creamy polenta.
Richard M. Scaife, Museum Director/CEO Anne Kraybill offered a welcome and introduced the new American Art Curator Jeremiah Guillaume McCarthy.
McCarthy joined the museum staff in April, leaving New York, where he held curatorial positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and other institutions.
Seen in the evening: Laura Gutnick and Dan Bogesdorfer Jim and Suzy Broadhurst, Scott and Pam Kroh, Russ and Ellen Swank, Andrew Swank, Diana Janetta, Janie Belden, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor-Condo, Jerry and Teri Bowes, Kate Dillon, Allie Hickman, Barbara Ferrier, Tom and Karen Kohut, Greg Murman, Paul and Diane Nickoloff, David and Lisa Paplauckas, Barry and Jo Ellen Numericick, TJ and Robin Reisdorf, Rebecca Sexton, Virginia McCracken Stump, Bob Errett, Annie Urban and David SteimerDanny Diveley and Invoice and Laura Joes.