LACMA’s Gucci-Presented Art + Film Gala to Honor Kathryn Bigelow

Chris Burden's Urban Light at LACMA
Chris Burden’s Urban Light at LACMA

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is once again hosting an event that’s sure to be the social event of the season in its 2016 Art + Film Gala.

This year’s extravaganza will honor the ultimate power woman, Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman to have ever won an Oscar for Best Director (for 2010’s The Hurt Locker), as well as SoCal-based artist Robert Irwin, who is one of the pioneers of the “Light + Space” movement.

The annual event that brings together notables from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries will be held on Oct. 29 and will once again be co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Gucci will present for a sixth consecutive year; the brand’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, will act as Gala Host Committee Chair.

“Now in its sixth year, LACMA’s Art+Film Gala has established its reputation as the touchstone annual event celebrating the intersection of art, film, and fashion,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “The 2016 Art+Film Gala honorees, Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow, are gifted artists who are fearless in their creative and social practice. Kathryn’s films are visually and thematically captivating and truly exemplify her singular vision as an artist. Bob is one of the most significant artists of our time. He creates art not of objects but of perception.”

Chow added, “I am thrilled to co-chair the Art+Film Gala with Leonardo DiCaprio for the sixth time. Each year, this event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the profound impact of art and film in Los Angeles and beyond. It is a privilege to honor Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow, two incredibly talented artists whose work reveals unique experiences and perspectives.”

Proceeds from the annual Art+Film Gala go toward supporting LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming, while also funding LACMA’s broader mission. This includes exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming, in addition to screenings that explore the intersection of art and film. Last year’s Art+Film Gala, honoring James Turrell and Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu raised over $4 million.