Event Date: January 20, 2023
Location: MFAH, Caroline Wiess Law Building
Beneficiary: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
No. of Attendees: 320
Money Raised: $616,000
Chairpersons: Sima Ladjevardian and Sabiha Rehmatulla
Event Décor: The Events Company
Photography: Daniel Ortiz and Wilson Parish
Three New Pieces and a Beautiful Gallery Were Unveiled at The Art of The Islamic Worlds Gala
More than 320 black-tie and formally attired guests arrived at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, and walked the red carpet to preview art objects to be voted on later that evening and imbibe on cocktails beneath a jeweled archway leading into Cullinan Hall where chairpersons Sima Ladjevardian and Sabiha Rehmatulla welcomed them to The Art of The Islamic Worlds Gala.
Master event decorator Richard Flowers and his team at The Events Company transformed the museum space with custom-painted Indian tapestries, and burgundy and white florals atop rose-gold and apricot linens.
City Kitchen created a delectable Middle-Eastern dining experience. Harissa-braised Short Ribs, Grilled Sea Bass, and Fava Bean Soup were definite highlights of the evening’s fare.
New York-based choreographer Fadi J. Khoury and his FJK Dance team entertained with a specially designed routine that reflected the evening’s theme. Then, DJ Senega put the excited crowd on the dance floor, where they remained until the gala’s end!
Museum voters purchased three exceptional pieces of art for the permanent collection thanks to the more than $616,000 raised, and attendees previewed the new 6,000-square-foot Hossein Afshar Galleries for Art of the Islamic Worlds during this special night.
Socially present (not previously mentioned): Jaleh and Bruce Sallee, Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, Rania Daniel, Aliyya Stude, Janwa Sikhtian, Aimee Froom and Alexandre Levy-Thiebaut, Franci Neely, Rich and Nancy Kinder, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Terry Wayne Jones, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson, Dara Ladjevardian, Bassam and Salam Barazi, Zeina Fares, Sima and Masoud Ladjevardian, Shohreh and Houshang Aghdashloo, Sabiha Rehmatulla, Laila and Alnoor Bandali, Shazma and Arshad Matin, Honorable Bill and Andrea White, Ann and Karl Stern, Roxana Korous, Lily and Hamid Kooros, Anne and Albert Chao, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Maureen and Adel Chaouch, Aziza Rehmatulla Noshahi and Faraz Noshahi, Harold Koda and Alan Kornberg, and Simin and Gaurdie Banister