The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted its fifth annual Art+Film Gala on Nov. 7 and raised more than $4 million, with proceeds supporting LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions and programming.
The event honored artist James Turrell and Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. More than 600 guests from the art, film, fashion and entertainment industries attended the event.
LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan announced a major gift: nine Russian avant-garde film posters from the 1920s from film producer and collector Riza Aziz. The gift is the first in an effort, led by Aziz and collector and poster expert Ralph DeLuca, to build support for LACMA’s inter-departmental graphic design initiative.
Included among the rare posters are seven by Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, leading constructivist artists universally considered innovators in the design of avant-garde film posters; an iconic “Battleship Potemkin” poster by Anton Lavinsky; and works by Alexander Naumov and Yakov Ruklevsky. The gift comes after Aziz’s support for the 2014 LACMA exhibition “Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s,” which Aziz co-sponsored with Leonardo DiCaprio, and to which Aziz also loaned rare posters.
“This gift connects LACMA’s Art+Film initiative to an effort across departments to build a great collection of graphic design,” Govan added. “Riza Aziz has been a dedicated supporter of Art+Film at LACMA, and Ralph DeLuca has been instrumental in building support for transformative acquisitions like this one.”
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