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Dada Ball & Bash

May 16, 2015, 6:00pm

Saturday, May 16, 6:00 pm

Tickets start at $500. Sponsorship starts at $5,000. Tickets to the Dada Bash after-party start at $75.
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Dada is against the future.
Dada is dead,
Dada is idiotic,
long live Dada!

— Theo van Doesburg

Inspired by the original Dadaists of the early twentieth century, this year’s Dada Ball celebrates the unexpected, ironic, and playful. The event will take place at the Koken Art Factory, in Fox Park, and feature avant-garde cuisine by world-renowned chef and food futurist Homaro Cantu, a boxing ring as stage, and surprise entertainment throughout the night. Pioneering Dadaist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) will serve as honorary chair. All proceeds benefit CAM’s groundbreaking exhibitions and education programs.

“The spirit of Marcel Duchamp is the ideal one to lead CAM through this extraordinary celebration of creative thinking, freedom of expression, and the pure joy of bucking the status quo,” said CAM Executive Director Lisa Melandri. “CAM is a leader in originality and presenting new perspectives through experiences with contemporary art. Who better than the Dadaists to look to for inspiration.”

Please join us for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration!

The Event

6:00 pm    Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:15 pm    Seated dinner
8:15 pm    Remarks 
                   Surprise performances
9:00 pm    Dada Bash begins, featuring the Hawthorne Headhunters and DJ Sinamin 
12:00 am  Evening concludes 

About Homaro Cantu
Owner of Moto Restaurant in Chicago, Homaro Cantu is a molecular gastronomist and one of America’s most daring chefs—known for creations such as a Cuban sandwich in the form of a cigar, 3-D printed sushi, an edible menu, and the miracle berry that changes the flavor of foods. At Dada, Cantu presents several of his signature gastronomic inventions.  

About the Dada Movement 
Consisting of artists, writers, and thinkers who rejected the rational and conventional in their approach to language, visual arts, and fashion, Dada was an international art movement that began in 1916. Practitioners such as Hugo Ball, Beatrice Wood, Andre Breton, and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven prized difference and curiosity and opposed the expected and the rote. Marcel Duchamp—the 2015 Dada Ball honorary chair—was arguably one of Dada’s most essential and influential members.

Koken Art Factory
2655 Victor Street
St. Louis, MO 63104 

Dada Ball ticket buyers will be entered into raffles to win Coomi jewelry and dinner at Moto Restaurant in Chicago. 

Proceeds from the Dada Ball & Bash directly benefit the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions and education programs. 



About Homaro Cantu


Major funding for the Dada Ball & Bash is provided by Neiman Marcus, Alison and John Ferring, and Nancy and Ken Kranzberg. Additional support is provided by Alexis Cossé and Erik Karanik, Sandra and Joseph Lehrer, Mary Ann and Andy Srenco, Michael Staenberg, Pat Whitaker and Dick Miles, and U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management.