Benefit and Member Events


The Michael C. Carlos Museum is legendary for its signature gala and benefit parties. Veneralia, the "festival of Venus" as it was known in ancient times, is the Museum's annual spring gala. Each fall the Museum hosts Bacchanal, a riotous cocktail party in homage to ancient festivals of Bacchus, god of wine.

Supporting these memorable events helps bring world-class exhibitions and programming to all of our audiences.


Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

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Doorway to an Enlightened World Member Preview 

March 17, 7 - 9 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Members are invited to preview this special exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by calling 404-727-2635 or online at


Member Appreciation Day: Sand Mandalas
March 26, 10am - 12 noon

Reception Hall, Level Three
View the sand mandala of the Green Tara created by Tibetan monks, speak with the monks, and take a guided tour of the Tibetan Shrine. Using Tibetan chak-purs and colored sand, create your own temporary sand mandala. RSVP for a timeslot by calling 404-727-2635 or online at


Silkscreen Printing Workshop for Adults
February 27, noon - 5 pm

Tate Room, Plaza Level
Follow along with artist Deborah Sosower of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio as she leads a silkscreen workshop for adults. After examining Susanne Wegner’s imagery and technique in the exhibition Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees, participants will create their own compositions using screens inspired by Wenger’s prints. Fee: $45 for Carlos Museum members; $65 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Gallery Talk: African Gallery Re-Opening!
February 25, 7:30 pm

African Galleries, Level Three
Join Amanda Hellman, curator of African art, as she introduces the newly redesigned African gallery and its themes, including Masks and Movement, Materiality, Objects for Personal Use and Adornment, and Power Figures. She will also discuss recent acquisitions such as the Makonde Lipiko mask from Malawi and collection favorites like the Ibibio Mami Wata from Nigeria. Before the talk, Young Associates and Carlos Museum members at the Curators' Council and above levels can celebrate the renewal of this amazing space with a champagne toast! RSVP for the toast by calling 404.727.2635 or emailing

Laszlo Excalibur Lecture & Reception
February 7, 2 pm

Reception Hall, Level Three
For this year's Laszlo Excalibur lecture, the Carlos welcomes Getty curator Ken Lapatin to discuss the dynamic compositions, dazzling displays of the nude body, and the graphic expressions of age and character created by ancient artists working in bronze during the Hellenistic period, from the death of Alexander the Great to the establishment of the Roman Empire. Young Associates and Carlos Museum members at the Curators' Council and above levels are invited to stay after the lecture and enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the Carlos Museum boardroom. RSVP for the reception by calling 404.727.2635 or emailing

Mummies & Mixers
October 29, 7- 9 pm

Reception Hall, Level Three
Join the Carlos Museum for movie snacks and mixology with Decatur's Pinewood Tippling Room. Docents will be in the galleries giving fun facts about our mummy collection and Abbott & Costello's Meet the Mummy will be playing in the Reception Hall. RSVP by calling 404-727-2635 or online at

Indigenous Beauty Champagne Brunch & Curator Tour for Council & Partner Members
November 14, 10 am - 12 pm

Reception Hall, Level Three

Carlos Museum members at the Curators’ Council, Director’s Council, and Partner levels are invited to an exclusive champagne brunch followed by a private tour of the Indigenous Beauty exhibition with Dr. Rebecca Stone, faculty curator of Art of the Americas. Rsvp by phone 404-727-2623 or email

Art and Aperitifs
September 11, 6- 8pm

Private Residence
Young Associates and Carlos Museum members at the Curators' Council and above levels are invited to enjoy cocktails and a curator's tour of a distinguished private collection at the home of Baxter and Jiong Jones, featuring works of art by Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Roy Lichtenstein. Space is limited and RSVP is required by calling 404.727.2623 or emailing  Address and directions will be provided at the time of RSVP.