Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center


PCC Fundraiser - In  Black & White

03/23/13 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

PCC Fundraiser - In Black & White

$100 per person

Location - Villa Fontana in the Movie Colony, Palm Springs

Inspired by Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball in New York, the Photography Collection Council invites you to attend our fundraiser IN BLACK & WHITE. Join us and become a legend enjoying drinks, canapes, lights, glamour, action, and photography! Black and White attire and masks are optional but fun.

New York, 1966. Truman Capote decided to give a party, a Black and White ball, later dubbed by the press as the Party of the Century. The inspiration and theme for the party was based on the famous Cecil Beaton designed Ascot race costumes and scene in the stage and screen versions of My Fair Lady. Look for it on YouTube and you will be amazed at the sheer beauty of black and white. The handwritten invitations were the most sought after of that year. Five hundred people were invited to honor Washington Post owner Katherine Graham, including such Mid-Century icons as Babe Paley, and Frank Sinatra with his new wife, Mia Farrow. Capote commented later that he made 500 friends and 15,000 enemies that night. The invitations specified that only black and white clothing should be worn, and that guests should wear masks. Women were permitted to wear jewelry, but only diamonds. New York's Plaza Hotel had never seen such a night!

Palm Springs, 2013. The PCC has decided to give a fundraising party, In Black and White saluting both Truman Capote's party and the days of glamorous black and white photography - think of everything from George Hurrell celebrity photos to the What Becomes a Legend Most ad campaign to our museum's own Bill Anderson photos of Palm Springs parties, currently on display in the museum's Muse Cafe. The party is on Saturday, March 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  at Villa Fontana in the Movie Colony. Truman Capote owned a home in the Movie Colony and was an integral part of the desert’s social scene attending the parties of Walter Annenberg, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra.

If you would like to attend or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact PCC Coordinator Michael Hinkle at 760-322-4858 or

FRIENDS OF TRUMAN CAPOTE SPONSORS (as of March 12, 2013): H. William Brown, Michael Childers, Geoffrey De Sousa, Beth Edwards Harris, Carole Herrera, Larry Fulton, Liza Ivins, Dorothy & Harold Meyerman, and Tyler Morgan.


This event is generously sponsored by

Kitchen, Bath & Closets of Palm Springs


and by Bob Bogard & Michael von Wittenau.