Edward Wormley was a commercial successful American furniture designer creating modernist designs incorporating the best elements from classical, historical design and translating them into Modern vernacular. Stanley Marcus was an early president (1950–1972) and later chairman of the board (1972–1976) of the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas, which his father and aunt had founded in 1907. The "Amusements Is..." exhibition was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts from November 20, 1964 to January 17, 1965. A benefit party for the Museum was held November 19. The benefit was lively and well-attended. Attractions included participation in several games of chance in the lunchroom area. A group of costumed hostesses served refreshments and answered guest's questions. "Amusements" represented the work of 77 artists ranging in age from 4 to 54. The work illustrated the potential range of amusing experiences by reflection of an amusing incident or that motivates laughter through their composition, self-activation, or interactive elements. The exhibit was attended by 1800 children in school groups who were given conducted tours of the gallery by members of the museum staff.