Gucci Presents LACMA’s Art + Film Gala

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) toasted its hautest event of the season on Saturday evening at its third annual Art+Film Gala.

$4.1 million was raised at the event, which honored artist David Hockney and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and was co-chaired by Scorsese staple Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA trustee Eva Chow.

More than 600 A-list names from the art, design, entertainment, fashion, and music industries, among others turned up at the Gucci-sponsored gala, which raised funds for LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions, and programming.

Also celebrated was the first collaboration between The Film Foundation (founded by Martin Scorsese), LACMA, and the Annenberg Foundation, to preserve four films by the acclaimed French filmmaker Agnès Varda.


The evening began at Chris Burden’s Urban Light on Wilshire Boulevard, before moving to a cocktail reception in LACMA’s BP Grand Entrance, accompanied by a performance by Dhani Harrison. Attendees then settled in for a dinner prepared by Patina’s Joachim Splichal with champagne provided by Laurent Perrier at the Art+Film pavilion, overlooking Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass.

Michael Govan and Eva Chow welcomed the crowd before famed magician Teller (of duo Penn and Teller) presented the tribute to David Hockney accompanied by a short film directed by Lucy Walker. DiCaprio then presented the tribute to Scorsese. Gucci’s Frida Giannini then introduced Sting, who gave a special performance featuring the songs “Message in a Bottle,” “Fields of Gold,” “Englishman in New York,” “Desert Rose,” and “Every Breath You Take.”


Art VIPs in attendance included Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Derek Boshier, Roy Dowell, Sam Durant, Urs Fischer, Larry Gagosian, Jennifer Guidi, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Israel, Barbara Kruger, Sharon Lockhart, T. Kelly Mason, Catherine Opie, Almine Rech-Picasso, Lari Pittman, Ana Prvacki,  Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Alex Slade, Diana Thater, and James Welling, among others. LACMA trustees in attendance included Eva Chow, Wallis Annenberg, Willow Bay, Colleen Bell, Ann Colgin, Kelvin Davis, Kelly Day, Joshua S. Friedman, Andy Gordon, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Victoria Jackson, Suzanne Kayne, Bobby Kotick, Brian Lourd, Jamie McCourt, Heather Mnuchin, Wendy Stark Morrissey, Jane Nathanson, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, Janet Dreisen Rappaport, Lynda Resnick, Steven F. Roth, Carole Bayer Sager, Terry Semel, Casey Wasserman, Elaine Wynn, and Dasha Zhukova. Also in attendance were fashion luminaries Frida Giannini, Glenda Bailey, Derek Blasberg, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Suzy Menkes, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and Stefano Tonchi.

The entertainment world was represented by Amy Adams, Rosanna Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle, Lawrence Bender, Mary J. Blige, Jerry Bruckheimer, James Caan, Julie Chen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gia Coppola, Robert Downey, Jr., Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Will Ferrell, Isla Fisher, Jane Fonda, Sara Foster, James Franco, Jami Gertz, Jacqui Getty, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Dhani Harrison, Olivia Harrison, Kate Hudson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bob Iger, Dakota Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Catherine Keener, Jimmy Kimmel, Byung-hun Lee, Joel Madden, Jordan Masterson, Molly McNearny, Les Moonves, Salma Hayek Pinault, PSY, John C. Reilly, Jeremy Renner, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Jason Sudeikis, Amber Valletta, Jane Weinstock, Olivia Wilde, Henry Winkler, Len Wiseman, Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Tommy Haas, François-Henri Pinault and Wolfgang Puck. 

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