Presley Ann; Emma McIntyre; Michael Kovac
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted its 12th annual Art & Film Gala on Saturday, presented by Gucci, honouring artist Dr Judy Baca and filmmaker David Fincher, with a special performance by Lenny Kravitz. The event, with over 650 guests, raised over US$5 million to make film more central to LACMA programmes, including future exhibitions and acquisitions.
The event was co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, with Gucci creative director Sabato de Sarno as the gala host committee chair.
Gucci had been the presenting sponsor since 2011. Audi provided transportation and additional support.
Also representing Gucci at the event were Jean-François Palus, its president and CEO, and Alessio Vannetti, chief brand officer. Representing Audi was Emilie Cotter, chief marketing officer.
Celebrity guests included Ben Affleck, Mert Alas, A$AP Rocky, Halle Bailey, Mariacarla Boscono, Sofia Boutella, Michael Braun, Quinta Brunson, Tantoo Cardinal, Emma Chamberlain, Jessica Chastain, Jodie Comer, Colman Domingo, Ava DuVernay, Peter Dundas, Kirsten Dunst, Daisy Edgar Jones, Billie Eilish, Miles Fisher, Jane Fonda, Andrew Garfield, Julia Garner, Lily Gladstone, James Goldstein, Lukas Haas, Jon Hamm, Laura Harrier, Yoshiki Hayashi, Salma Hayek, Paris Hilton, Kevin Huvane, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Daniel Kwan, Greta Lee, Miky Lee, Lykke Li, Eva Longoria, Jennifer López, Praya Lundberg, Tobey Maguire, Michael Mann, Niecy Nash-Betts, Lupita Nyong’o, Sam Osborn, David Oyelowo, Elliot Page, Soo-Joo Park, Pedro Pascal, François-Henri Pinault, Brad Pitt, Jesse Plemons, Ke Huy Quan, Keanu Reeves, Rosé, Peter Sarsgaard, Jodie Turner-Smith, Celine Song, Jes Tom, Alexandra Vasquez, Lucy Walker, and Samara Weaving.
From the art world were, inter alia, Elizabeth Alexander, Lyndon J. Barrois, Louise Bonnet, Diedrick Brackens, Jeffrey Deitch, Awol Erizku, Brendan Fernandes, Katherine Elizabeth Fleming, Honor Fraser, Larry Gagosian, Charles Gaines, Alexandra Grant, Todd Gray, Chase Hall, Lauren Halsey, Greg Ito, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Shio Kusaka, Deana Lawson, Tidawhitney Lek, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie, Helen Pashgian, Annie Philbin, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Shaun Regen, Guadalupe Rosales, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Antwaun Sargent, Kenny Scharf, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Adam Silverman, Shinique Smith, Ricky Swallow, Vincent Valdez, Lesley Vance, Darren Walker, Mary Weatherford, Anna Weyant, Fred Wilson, Jonas Wood, and Kulapat Yantrasast.
Other LACMA trustees attending were board co-chair Elaine Wynn, and Colleen Bell, Allison Berg, Boojin Lee, Cheech Marin, Ashley Merrill, Geoff Palmer, Carter Reum, Jim Tananbaum, Maggie Tsai, and Jeff Yabuki.
Guests attended an outdoor cocktail reception and took photos in front of Chris Burden’s (1946–2015) sculpture Urban Light, located at LACMA and known as one of Los Angeles’ symbols. They then headed to dinner at the Art & Film pavilion overlooking Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass sculpture. The dinner was created by chef Mattia Agazzi of Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Beverly Hills, in collaboration with chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering. Wines were by Justin Vineyards & Winery, signature cocktails by Khee Premium Soju, and additional beverages by Fiji Water.
Michael Govan and Eva Chow welcomed the audience, and Eva Longoria delivered the tribute to Judy Baca, accompanied by a short film, Baca, by Alejandra Vasquez and Sam Osborn.
Brad Pitt delivered the tribute to David Fincher, and Jennifer López introduced Lenny Kravitz, who performed ‘Fly Away’, ‘American Woman’, ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’, ‘Dig in’, and ‘Here to Love’.