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1940s Modern Art Party Celebrates The Release Of 'Let's Bring Back' (PHOTOS)

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Last night at a private townhouse in Greenwich Village, cultural events organization The Society hosted a party celebrating the release of Let's Bring Back, a new book by Huffington Post contributing Style editor Lesley M. M. Blume.

Taking its cue from the townhouse's magnificent art collection, the theme of the fete was "Modern Art"-- an homage to the famous 1940s parties thrown by art collector and Let's Bring Back muse Peggy Guggenheim in her New York City townhouse. Guggenheim championed many of the great artists of her day - including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning - and guests to the Let's Bring Back event were encouraged to don "art chic" attire.

As evidenced by the slideshow below, they complied with gusto.

Ms. Blume came dressed as a latter-day Peggy Guggenheim, sporting a nest of curls resembling Ms. Guggenheim's famous coif.

"I am thrilled to have the chance to revisit this particular era," she said in comments to the crowd. "Few people would deny that the Modern Artists - who included the Cubists, the Surrealists, the Abstract Expressionists -- represented one of the most incredible bursts of pure creativity ever seen."

Personal chef Jennifer Lynn Pelka -- an alum of the kitchens of Daniel Boulud and herself a Let's Bring Back guest contributor -- created Surrealist- and Dada-inspired fare, including an astonishing Calder-esque salami mobile, Dali-esque "melting clock" candies, and Whirligig Zapaca Rum Punch.

Photos by the Billy Farrell Agency.

You can learn more about Guggenheim, Dali, Pollock, and many other art world luminaries in Let's Bring Back.

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