The Apollo Circle Benefit is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraising celebration for young patrons ages 21–45. This black-tie, ticketed event features dancing and drinks at the Museum’s Temple of Dendur, an atmospheric space with an ancient Egyptian monument built around 10 B.C.
This year’s benefit that took place on October 24th, 2019 and drew inspiration from The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I, a sumptuous display of luxury art and armor. The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I examines the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I’s (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight coincides with the five-hundredth anniversary of Maximilian’s death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight explores how Maximilian’s unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.
The evening included a number of specially themed elements, including a “throne” photo booth, a signature cocktail called The Knight Cap, and all who attend were encouraged to embrace the theme which they did with many guests sporting heraldry, crowns and partial bits of armor including lance rests, brassards and chainmail.
DJ Timo Weiland supplied the dance music, and the evening featured a divine performance by the renowned countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera), accompanied by AMOC as well as a speech by Pierre Terjanian, the curator of the exhibition, who kept the crowd laughing with his stories on the work it took to bring this show to the Met.
The show’s on view until January 5th, 2020.