The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted its eighth annual Art+Film Gala on Saturday, Nov. 3, honoring artist Catherine Opie and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.
Co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the evening brought together more than 850 distinguished guests from the art, film, fashion and entertainment industries, among others. This year’s gala, in partnership with Gucci, raised more than $4.5 million, with proceeds supporting LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions and programming.
“I’m happy that we honored Cathy Opie and Guillermo del Toro in what was our most successful Art+Film Gala yet. It is so special to acknowledge Cathy’s and Guillermo’s creative work as we continue to support LACMA’s film initiatives and programs,” Eva Chow, co-chair of the Art+Film Gala, said.
“I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to both Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have served as the Art+Film Gala co-chairs since the inaugural event,” Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director, said. “Cathy captures aspects of American culture, identity and politics that connect with viewers of all backgrounds, and Guillermo challenges us to ignore our traditional art historical narratives and hierarchies as he blends and reinvents conventional genres. We are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions.”
Red-carpet arrivals at LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance led to a cocktail reception on the museum’s Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza. Guests proceeded to Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass,” where they were enjoyed dinner prepared by Edoardo Baldi, of e. baldi Ristorante, and Joachim Splichal, of Patina Restaurant Group.
Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis gave a tribute in Opie’s honor and filmmaker Sini Anderson contributed a short film about the artist. Jeffrey Katzenberg presented a tribute to Guillermo del Toro.
Dakota Johnson introduced the evenings entertainment, Beck, who powered through hits “Devil’s Haircut,” “Loser” and “E-Pro” with special guests Dave Grohl on drums and Greg Kurstin on guitar and organ.
LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. For information, visit lacma.org.
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