Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu and light and space artist James Turrell will be honored at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s fifth Art + Film Gala on November 7. LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio are once again on board to co-chair the starry annual fundraiser presented by Gucci.
“In only a few years, LACMA’s Art + Film Gala has established its reputation for honoring artists and filmmakers whose impact can be felt worldwide and that have particular relevance to Los Angeles, and James Turrell and Alejandro G. Inarritu certainly fit that bill,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director, who further elaborated on the selections. “In the last two decades, Inarritu has displayed a daring and nimble vision for films including ‘Birdman’ and ‘Babel’; his work has rightly garnered the highest of critical acclaim. I have known James Turrell for many years and am honored to have co-curated his recent retrospective, which started at LACMA and has traveled the world.”
Past honorees of the gala have included Barbara Kruger, Quentin Tarantino, David Hockney, Martin Scorsese, Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick, and famous faces from entertainment — such as Amy Adams, James Franco, Guy Oseary, Kanye West and Kate Hudson — commonly lend support.
“The Art + Film Gala is now an annual highlight and brings together figures from the worlds of art, cinema, fashion and music to support the museum,” said longtime supporter and fashion designer Chow. “It’s a real honor and my pleasure to welcome two such unique and greatly talented artists whose work moves and inspires me deeply. And I am thrilled to co-chair this important fundraiser with Leonardo DiCaprio, whose support for this initiative is so critical.”
Funds from the Art + Film Gala support LACMA’s growing mission to make film a more prominent aspect of the museum’s programming, by way of exhibitions, educational sessions and screenings that explore how the film and art worlds converge.