Get Cultured on Cocktails

Cocktail hour is an inconspicuous time of day that quivers underneath various layers of cultural hegemony. It's an hour frequented by both the filthy rich and unwashed members of society. Most important, cocktail hour is full of booze-fueled, pixie-dusted glory. And that's what the Norton Museum of Art's latest exhibit has captured so wonderfully. "Cocktail Culture," on display until March 11, features more than 150 pieces that explore the social rituals of cocktail time. From attire and illustrations to photography, the exhibit spans pieces from the 1920s to modern day.

Objects are on loan from major collections like the Tiffany & Co. Archive and the Rhode Island School of Design. And the cocktail attire on exhibit is as swanky as those collections, coming from major designers like Cristobal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids aged 13 to 21. (But do note: West Palm Beach residents, you get free admission every Saturday.) Find Norton Museum of Art at 1451 S. Olive Ave in West Palm Beach. Visit norton.org, or call 561-832-5196.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through March 11, 2012

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Devin Desjarlais