The Museum of Contemporary Art had a lot to celebrate on Saturday night.
Not only did MOCA welcome its new director, Philippe Vergne, but it also celebrated its 35th anniversary, the opening of its exhibition Mike Kelley, the recent success in raising MOCA’s endowment to an historical high of over $100 million and managing to raise a whopping $2.4 million for museum funding in one evening.
Guests at the Louis Vuitton-presented gala enjoyed a cocktail reception and preview of the highly anticipated Los Angeles homecoming retrospective Mike Kelley, the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date, and the first comprehensive survey since 1993, bringing together over 250 works from the 1970’s through 2012 at The Geffen Contemporary. A special gala dinner followed the reception with a special performance by Diana Ross.
Attendees at the haute event included MOCA Gala Chairs Eli Broad, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, Honorary Chairs Larry Gagosian and Eugenio Lopez, and special guests Dianna Agron, Fred Armisen, Haley Bennett, China Chow, Gia Coppola*, Lisa Edelstein and Robert Russell, Jane Fonda, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Wakeland, NJ and Mark Goldston, Liz Goldwyn, Lena and Werner Herzog, Isabel Lucas* and Chadd Konig, Katy Perry, Rainey Qualley*, Fred and Carla Sands, Ryan Seacrest, Chloë Sevigny*, Sutton Stracke, Dita Von Teese, Pharrell Williams, Owen Wilson, Rachel Zoe and Dasha Zhukova as well as artists Doug Aitken, Lita Albuquerque, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Chris Burden and Nancy Rubins, Urs Fischer, Samara Golden, Kim Gordon, Mark Grotjahn, Elliott Hundley, Alex Israel, Barbara Kruger, Elad Lassry, William Leavitt and Janet Jenkins, Paul McCarthy, Cathy Opie, Anthony Pearson, RETNA, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Jim Shaw and Marnie Weber, Francesco Vezzoli, James Welling and Jane Weinstock, and guests from the worlds of art, design, architecture, music, fashion, and entertainment.