9th Annual Los Angeles County Museum of Art Gala
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted its ninth annual Art+Film Gala on Saturday, November 2, 2019, honouring artist Betye Saar and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.
Co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the evening brought together more than 800 distinguished guests from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries, among others. This year’s gala raised more than $4.6 million, with proceeds supporting LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions, and programming. The 2019 Art+Film Gala was made possible through Gucci’s longstanding and generous partnership. Additional support for the gala was provided by Audi.
Eva Chow, co-chair of the Art+Film Gala, said, “I’m so happy that we have outdone ourselves again with the most successful Art+Film Gala yet. It was such a joy to celebrate Betye Saar and Alfonso Cuarón’s incredible creativity and passion, while supporting LACMA’s art and film initiatives. I couldn’t be more grateful to Alessandro Michele, Marco Bizzarri, and everyone at Gucci—our invaluable partner since the first Art+Film Gala—and to Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals for making this evening one to remember.”
“I’m deeply grateful to our returning co-chairs Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio for helping us set another Art+Film Gala record,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “We honoured two incredibly powerful artistic voices this year. Betye Saar has helped define the genre of Assemblage art for nearly seven decades, and recognition of her as one of the most important and influential artists working today is long overdue. Alfonso Cuarón, one of the great storytellers of our time, is able to bring deep humanity to any story he chooses to portray, whether it takes place in the world of wizarding, or outer space, or the Mexico City of his own adolescence.”
The Art+Film Gala began with red-carpet arrivals of art world, music, entertainment luminaries, fashion icons, and renowned artists at LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance. Guests then moved through the museum’s Smidt Welcome Plaza to a cocktail reception on the museum’s Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza. Projected on the walls were motifs inspired by the works of Betye Saar and Alfonso Curarón.
After cocktails, guests proceeded to the Art+Film dinner pavilion overlooking Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (2012), where they were seated for a special dinner prepared by Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group. Michael Govan and Eva Chow welcomed the crowd. Further into the evening, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winner John Legend gave a tribute in Saar’s honour and filmmaker Christine Turner contributed a short film about the artist. Shortly thereafter, Ted Sarandos presented a tribute to Alfonso Cuarón and the audience enjoyed a montage of the director’s films. Actor and musician Donald Glover introduced the honouree.
Following the evening’s dinner program, Will Ferrell invited guests to an outdoor performance. Billie Eilish then introduced Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals who powered through hits including “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance,” “Come Down,” “Tints,” and “Am I Wrong,” following a trumpet intro by band member Maurice “MoBetta” Brown. The set concluded with an encore of “Jet Black.”
Luminaries from the art world attending the 2019 Art+Film Gala included Stephanie Barron, Sanford Biggers, Tim Blum, Louise Bonnet, Mark Bradford, Fritz Chesnut, George Davis, Tacita Dean, Fairfax Dorn, Adrienne Edwards, Carol S. Eliel, Charles Gaines, Marc Glimcher, Thelma Golden, Alexandra Grant, Jennifer Guidi, Lauren Halsey, Thomas Houseago, Luchita Hurtado, Alex Israel, Naima Keith, Christine Y. Kim, Bettina Korek, Barbara Kruger, Shio Kusaka, Eugenio López, Julie Mehretu, Rodney McMillian, Catherine Opie, Almine Rech Picasso, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Julie Roberts and Bennett Roberts, Nancy Rubins, Kristin Sakoda, Britt Salvesen, Alison Saar, 2019 Art+Film Gala honouree Betye Saar, Lezley Saar, Shinique Smith, Adam Silverman, Tavares Strachan, Claire Tabouret, Tatiana Trouvé, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood.
The entertainment, fashion, and business worlds were represented by this year’s gala performer Anderson .Paak, gala co-chair Eva Chow, 2019 Art+Film Gala honouree Alfonso Cuarón, gala co-chair Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gucci Creative Director and gala host committee chair Alessandro Michele, Noah Baumbach, Marco Bizzarri, Beck, Naomi Campbell, Nick Cave, Gia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Guillermo del Toro, Ava DuVernay, Billie Eilish, Will Ferrell, Bob Iger, James Goldstein, George Hamilton, Jon Hamm, Bong Joon Ho, Dawn Hudson, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine, Lee Jung-jae, Regina King, Jared Leto, Sienna Miller, Vivi Nevo, Kelly and Jamie Patricof, Keanu Reeves, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Zoe Saldana, Ted Sarandos, Molly Shannon, Molly Sims, Amandla Stenberg, Tyler the Creator, Lucy Walker, Christoph Waltz, Irwin Winkler, and Angela Robinson Witherspoon.
LACMA trustees in attendance included Ambassador Nicole Avant, Willow Bay, Ambassador Colleen Bell, Allison Berg, Troy Carter, Ann Colgin, Janet Crown, Kelly Day, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, Victoria Jackson, Suzanne Kayne, Robert A. Kotick, Florence Sloan, Wendy Stark Morrisey, Geoff Palmer, Janet Dreisen Rappaport, Carter Reum, Lynda Resnick, Robbie Robinson, Steve Tisch, and Elaine Wynn. Other notable guests included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu.
Wearing Gucci to the event were 2019 Art+Film Gala honouree Betye Saar, 2019 Art+Film Gala honouree Alfonso Cuarón, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Trevor Andrew, Noah Baumbach, Beck and Channing Hansen, Sanford Biggers, Earl Cave, Nick Cave, Susie Cave, Asia Chow, Eva Chow, Gia Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Laura Dern, Ava DuVernay, Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, FINNEAS (Finneas O’Connell), David Furnish, Greta Gerwig, Jacqui Getty, Michael Govan and Katherine Ross, Donald Glover, Lee Jung-jae, Lindsey Jordan (Snail Mail), Regina King, Brie Larson, KiKi Layne, John Legend, Jared Leto, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, Sienna Miller, Salma Hayek Pinault, DJ Rainey Qualley, Zoe Saldana, Santigold, Elisa Sednaoui Dellal, Yara Shahidi, Daniela Sorrentino and Paolo Sorrentino, Amandla Stenberg, Tyler the Creator, Suki Waterhouse, and Lucas Zwirner.
Wines generously provided by JNSQ and JUSTIN. Champagne by Laurent-Perrier. Additional beverages by FIJI Water and POM Wonderful.
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