The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art opened its eighth edition on September 19, welcoming nearly 8,000 people. Giving it all a colorful kickoff was Vernissage, an event benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and hosted by the organization’s Women’s Board. Set at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, it allowed patrons to preview artwork from more than 135 of the world’s leading galleries from 24 countries and 68 cities. Some of Chicago’s top restaurants, including Marisol, Big Star, and Margeaux Brasserie served specialties as Champagne was popped for a crowd that included artist Nick Cave and MCA chief curator Michael Darling. The event raised around $265,000 for MCA programming.