AD 20/21: Art and Design from 50 Galleries at Cyclorama; Kickoff tonight, exhibit through Sunday

We’ve been savoring the AD 20/21 event at Cyclorama for about five years now, and are no strangers to the Thursday night kickoff party. Tonight (Thursday), my former Globe colleague, architecture critic Robert Campbell will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the party’s at 6 p.m. This Gala preview which starts at 5:30 (preview, $215 admission) and then an hour later for the party ($125). Cost on entry, of course, is way lower when a party is not in full swing ($15). The full name of the event, presented by Fusco & Four is called the 8th Annual AD20/21: Art and Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries and Boston Print Show – and it’s a unique to New England.

The party is great, shmoozy fun. Open bar – wine, beer and specialty vodka drinks – with food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres. You wander up and down three or four semi-partitioned spaces, pausing to stop and ponder when something strikes your fancy. And something will. It always does. How, you wonder, would that fit in my world or on my wall?

Approximately 50 galleries set up shop, offering modern and contemporary art, mid-century furnishings as well as contemporary studio furniture, jewelry, decorative arts and sculpture. Call it a candy store for adults. Sometimes the prices are going to be way out of range – and sometimes you’re going to think, “Well, this piece is pretty swell, maybe we can swing that.” (We bought art from Watertown artist Fran Forman a few years back.)

AD20/21 is the culminating event in Boston Design Week (which is actually 10 days) and has seen more than 60 events. It’s put on by Fusco & Four and extends through March 29. Check www.BostonDesignWeek.com for particulars. The show at Cyclorama – 14,500 square feet of circular space – is up Friday 1-8 pm, Saturday 11 am – 8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. The website below will take you to when various discussion groups and panels are being held.

539 Tremont St., Boston www.AD2021.com 617-363-0405artdesign2015