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November 5, 2011

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LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood And John Baldessari Presented By Gucci


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Actor Byung-hun Lee attends LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images North America)

2011 LACMA Art + Film Gala: A Star-Studded Affair
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Paying tribute to two worthy individuals while also raising much-needed funds, the 2011 LACMA Art + Film Gala was held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday night (November 5).

With this year's honorees being Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari, the swanky affair was co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow while collecting cash for "the museum's recently reenergized film program, which now includes exhibitions, acquisitions, educational programming, screenings, and a series called Live Read created by Jason Reitman."

In attendance for the fabulous night were lovely ladies including Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Kate Bosworth, Camilla Belle, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Kate Beckinsale, Evan Rachel Wood, Olivia Wilde, Julie Bowen, Zoe Saldana, Amy Poehler, Rachel Zoe, Jane Fonda and Uma Thurman.

Also in attendance at the LACMA event were big names such as Zac Efron, Nick and Joe Jonas, cute couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Armie Hammer, Chris O'Donnell, Ryan Kwanten, James van der Beek, Kevin Connolly, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Mickey Rourke, Jack Black, Balthazar Getty and "Mad Men" co-stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss.

Speaking about the choices in Eastwood and Baldessari, Miss Chow told press, "We are honoring two incredible men at the Art + Film Gala: Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari."

Eva continued, "Clint Eastwood is such an amazing filmmaker. I can't think of anyone who can cross over between the front and back of the camera at the level he's been doing it for most of his life. I think he represents the word "cool," and I can't believe we are fortunate enough to honor him at our first gala."

LACMA Director Michael Govan added, "I wanted to structure it as honoring a great filmmaker and honoring a great artist working here—to give a sense that this is what this community is right now. Clint came to speak at LACMA last year, and he expressed his personal support for the film program when he was here."

Mr Govan concluded by telling, "As far as John Baldessari, he's another artist who has sort of a senior status in Los Angeles. He's been an inspiration to so many younger artists, and of course John has interspersed movie culture in his work from the very beginning. You look at his work from the '80s and '90s, and he would go to the movie studios and grab all of the stills that were inexpensive because they weren't identified and put them into pictorial compositions. Those two characters, Clint and John, have also been mentors for a lot of other younger actors, artists, and filmmakers, so we thought it was perfect to honor them."

November 9, 2011

LACMA'S Inaugural Art + film Gala honors Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari and raises $3 million

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted its inaugural Art + Film Gala honoring actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Co-chaired by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA Trustee Eva Chow, the evening celebrated the art of the moving image and brought together luminaries from both communities. The evening raised $3 million, with proceeds going to support LACMA's initiative to make film more central to the museum's curatorial programming, while also funding LACMA's broader mission. This includes its newly reinvigorated film program as well as exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming, in addition to screenings that explore the intersection of art and film. The 2011 Art + Film Gala was made possible with the generous support of Gucci.

LACMA's Art + Film Gala drew together around 500 international guests from the worlds of art and design, entertainment, fashion, and music, including collectors, philanthropists, and cultural and civic leaders, among others.

Eva Chow, co-chair of the Art + Film Gala, said "It was an honor to pay tribute to Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari—true icons of film and art. It was a joy to take in Stevie Wonder's fantastic performance. And it was a pleasure to do it all with my co-chair, Leonardo DiCaprio." She continued, "This gala would not have been possible without Gucci's support. They are a company with a longstanding commitment to art and film, for which we are all grateful."

"I was immensely gratified to see so many people come together in generous support of LACMA in what will be an annual event," said Michael Govan, LACMA's CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. "I thank Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio for chairing this historic occasion, and board co-chair Terry Semel for helping to bring these two creative communities together.

Terry Semel, co-chair of LACMA's board of trustees, added, "From the success of the Art + Film Gala, to the recent announcement of LACMA's agreement to help the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences realize their dream of creating a Museum of Motion Pictures, to LACMA's collaboration with Film Independent, one thing is clear: film has an important place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art."

"Supporting LACMA's mission to celebrate the art of filmmaking is a natural extension of Gucci's longstanding commitment to the film community," said Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. "We are proud to join Michael Govan, Eva Chow, and Leonardo DiCaprio in honoring the inspiring and distinguished careers of Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari."

The Art + Film Gala, hosted by Gala Co-Chairs Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow and presented by GUCCI, began at Chris Burden's Urban Light sculpture on Wilshire Boulevard with red carpet arrivals of film and art-world luminaries, fashion icons, and renowned artists. Guests then moved to a cocktail reception in the BP Grand Entrance accompanied by an orchestra. After cocktails, guests proceeded to the Art + Film pavilion on the north plaza outside the museum, where they were seated for a special dinner prepared by world-renowned chef Joachim Splichal. Champagne for the evening was generously provided by Laurent-Perrier.

Michael Govan and Eva Chow welcomed the crowd, and further into the evening Michael Govan presented the tribute to John Baldessari, with Leonardo DiCaprio presenting the tribute to Clint Eastwood. The evening culminated in a special performance by Stevie Wonder with guests dancing to his hits including Master Blaster, My Cherie Amour, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, and Superstition.

Art-world luminaries in attendance included artists Doug Aitken, Mark Bradford, Chuck Close, Mark Grotjahn, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Hedi Slimane, Francesco Vezzoli, Bill Viola, and James Welling, among others, as well as MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch. LACMA Trustees in attendance included Wallis Annenberg, Willow Bay, Colleen Bell, Rebecka Belldegrun, David C. Bohnett, Donald L. Bren, Eva Chow, Brian Grazer, Bryan Lourd, Michael Lynton, Wendy Stark Morrissey, Geoffrey Palmer, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, Lynda Resnick, Steven F. Roth, Carole Bayer Sager, Terry Semel, Florence Sloan, Steve Tisch, and Elaine Wynn. Also in attendance were Max Chow, Michael Chow, Bob Daly, Barbara Davis, Elvis Mitchell, Gelila and Wolfgang Puck, Katherine Ross, Eugene Sadovoy, Gore Vidal, Billie Weisman, Steve Wynn, Zev Yaroslavsky, and fashion luminaries Alber Elbaz, Monique Lhuillier, Christian Louboutin, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and Rachel Zoe.

The entertainment world was represented by Sean Bailey, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Bellamy, Lawrence Bender, Dustin Lance Black, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Kate Bosworth, Julie Bowen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Steve Carell, Nick Cassavetes, Kevin Connolly, Cameron Diaz, Dina Eastwood, Will Ferrell, Balthazar Getty, Lukas Haas, Armie Hammer, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Howard, Bob Iger, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Rashida Jones, John Krasinski, Ryan Kwanten, Barry Meyer, Luis Miguel, Elisabeth Moss, Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Michael Polish, Jason Reitman, Jeffrey Robinov, Rich Ross, Eli Roth, Mickey Rourke, George Schlatter, Joel Silver, Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, James Van Der Beek, Gus Van Sant, Dita Von Teese, Harvey Weinstein, Jerry Weintraub, Olivia Wilde, Reese Witherspoon, Rick Yorn, and more.

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Wearing GUCCI to the event were Eva Chow, John Baldessari, and Michael Govan, as well as Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Colleen Bell, Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle, Asia Chow, Dominic Cooper, Zac Efron, Chris Evans, Jane Fonda, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Byung-hun Lee, Dakota Johnson, Chris O'Donnell, Evan Rachel Wood, Zoe Saldana, Paula Wagner, and Len Wiseman.

Clint Eastwood has achieved worldwide recognition for his work as a director, producer, composer, and actor in the last fifty years. He is one of the most distinguished filmmakers and actors in contemporary American cinema. With more than seventy movies to his credit on both sides of the camera, he most recently directed the upcoming drama J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

John Baldessari is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. In 2009 a major career retrospective, Pure Beauty, co-organized by LACMA and Tate Modern, London, traveled to both of those institutions as well as MACBA, Barcelona, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and more than 1,000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, including the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, documenta V and VII, and others. His work resides in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including LACMA, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and others.


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