"Rodin by Moonlight" Black Tie Event

October 6, 2001

STANFORD, CA, August 2001—The Membership Board of Governors of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University announces its signature biennial event "Rodin by Moonlight" to be held Saturday, October 6, from 7 p.m. to midnight. This elegant evening of dinner and dancing, which takes place in the Rodin Sculpture Garden of the Cantor Arts Center, has enjoyed renewed enthusiasm since the reopening of the museum in January 1999.

Event chair Melissa Badger recalls her first impressions of the event: "That balmy night in September of 1999 was magical. I was awestruck by the incredible beauty of my surroundings, and the intimate ambience so artfully created. This year's 'Rodin by Moonlight' promises to again be a truly stellar evening. We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and support this event has already generated, and with seating limited to 400, we expect to sell out practically as the invitations are delivered!"

The dinner features a menu created exclusively by award-winning chef Gary Danko and the staff of Paula Le Duc Fine Catering. "We are truly fortunate to have a guest chef of Gary's caliber and renowned to support this event," said Bruce Fielding, "Rodin by Moonlight" committee member. Fielding, who is the in-coming vice chair of finance for the Center's Membership Board of Governors, added, "Gary's donation of time and talent will ensure that the food is unsurpassed."

Dinner will be followed by dancing under the stars to the music of Tongue'n Chic, performing on "The Gates of Hell" stage.

Tickets to "Rodin by Moonlight" are $350 per person. Individual and corporate sponsorships are also available. Proceeds from the event support the Center's community education programs, exhibitions and publications. Organizers hope the event introduces more individuals in the local community to the resources of the Cantor Arts Center. The signature sponsor for "Rodin by Moonlight" is Greater Bay Bancorp Foundation.

Members of the media wishing to contact volunteers on the "Rodin by Moonlight" committee for quotes or interviews can call or email Cantor Arts Center Public Relations Manager Anna Koster: 650-725-4657, akoster@stanford.edu. To directly contact "Rodin by Moonlight" chair Melissa Badger, call 650-365-5050.


Rodin Sculpture Garden

Dedicated in May 1985, is the B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden at the Cantor Arts Center features the largest concentration of outdoor art by Auguste Rodin outside the Musée Rodin in Paris. The Garden includes Rodin's most ambitious work, The Gates of Hell, which was created over a 10-year period, plus 19 other bronzes. In addition, two of the Cantor Arts Center's galleries present another 60 of his works, primarily in bronze but also in marble, plaster, wax, and terra cotta.

The Garden was designed so that it would recall in spirit the gardens in which Rodin exhibited his public art and it provides a spacious, natural setting for each sculpture. All of the bronze casts are authentic and originals, having been made from Rodin's plasters in limited editions by Rodin's heir, the French government. Cantor Arts Center docents give weekly free public tours of the Garden on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Guest Chef Gary Danko

Gary Danko is widely recognized as one of America's most talented and respected chefs. His achievements include the James Beard Award as the Best Chef in California and reflect his lifelong pursuit of excellence in the culinary arts. Danko combines classical training with French, Mediterranean and regional American cooking. His distinctive style combines the sophisticated refinement of classical cuisine with the warmth of home cooking. Within months of its opening, Gary Danko's new five-star restaurant that bears his name, received the highest accolades possible from both San Francisco daily newspapers, prominent listing in Esquire Magazine's annual "Best New Restaurants" article and a Mobil Travel Guide "Five Star" rating.

Gary Danko is located at 800 North Point at Hyde Street in San Francisco and serves dinner nightly: Sunday to Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday and until 10 p.m. The restaurant also includes an 11-seat bar, offers valet parking and is wheelchair accessible. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 415-749-2060.

The History of "Rodin by Moonlight"

The first "Rodin by Moonlight" event took place in 1987 to raise funds to place lights in the Rodin Sculpture Garden at the Stanford Museum. The event was held again in 1989. Later that year, damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake caused the historic 1893 museum building to be closed to the public. Over the next nine years, $42 million was raised to renovate the museum and to build a new 42,000-square- foot wing. In January 1999, the expanded and revitalized museum opened as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. A series of events celebrated the opening of the Center. Festivities continued through the opening year and included the revival of the black-tie gala "Rodin by Moonlight," held on September 25, 1999.