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Surrealist Ball coming to Culbertson Mansion

NEW ALBANY, Indiana (Dec. 13, 2019) – Black tie, long gowns, surrealist heads: that’s the dress code for the Surrealist Ball, coming to Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site on Dec. 28.

The evening will be an experience like none other. Attendees will use their own flare and imaginations to create a unique and interesting outfit for the evening. Within each room of the mansion, there will be vignettes expressed through performance and art that exemplify various aspects of Victorian culture. From post-mortem photography to parlor games, guests will experience the dramatic and bizarre practices of the time. 

Jessica Stavros, site manager at Culbertson Mansion, said the ball is based upon a real, historical event that was attended by Rebekah Harkness – descendant of William S. Culbertson – in 1972. Rebekah was friends with famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali, for whom the ball was thrown.

For one night only, guests can experience a taste of what that ball was like.

“We pride ourselves in providing unique and engaging experiences, using history as the guide to our creativity,” Stavros said. “With the connection between Culbertson descendant Rebekah Harkness and the incredible Salvador Dali, we wanted to create something that immerses our attendees in the past, while putting a surreal twist on the bizarre practices of Victorian America. With what we’ve got planned, we promise an evening to remember, and one that you won’t want to miss.”

The ball will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 28. Tickets are $50 for Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members, $60 for non-members. Food and drink are included with ticket purchase. 

Media are welcome to cover this event. If interested, please contact Jessica Stavros at (812) 944-9600.

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Culbertson Mansion is part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system. The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage. 

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