LACMA announces its 2016 Art + Film Gala

by Melissa Mellati

The star-studded event will honor pioneering Light and Space artist Robert Irwin and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has announced its 2016 Art + Film Gala honoring pioneering Light and Space artist Robert Irwin and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. For the sixth consecutive year, Gucci demonstrates its support for the arts as the presenting sponsor of the gala, with Creative Director Alessandro Michele as Gala Host Committee Chair. The annual event, co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, brings together major players from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries.

The event will recognize both honorees in a celebration of the intersection of art and film. “I am thrilled to co-chair the Art + Film Gala with Leonardo DiCaprio for the sixth time,” said co-chair, Eva Chow (featured in our upcoming OH LA LA LAND issue). “Each year, this event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the profound impact of art and film in Los Angeles and beyond. It is a privilege to honor Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow, two incredibly talented artists whose work reveals unique experiences and perspectives.”

Artist Robert Irwin is best known for his captivating installations that push the boundaries of art and perception. Irwin has conceived more than 55 site-conditional projects since 1975, ranging from the architectural and grounds design of Dia: Beacon to the lush Central Garden for the Getty Center. LACMA has collected the work of Robert Irwin since the early 1960s and has consistently displayed the artist’s seminal work at the museum.

Two-time Oscar winning film director, Kathryn Bigelow, has crafted an inspiring body of work that challenges genre norms and offers viscerally stunning portraits of characters and conflicts resonant to contemporary culture. She previously directed the critically acclaimed thriller Zero Dark Thirty and thrilling war film The Hurt Locker, for which she became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. Bigelow is currently in production on her 2017 Untitled Detroit Project, a crime drama that explores systematic racism in urban Detroit.

The evening’s proceeds go toward supporting LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to its curatorial programming, while also funding areas of the museum’s broader mission. Last year’s gala raised over $4 million in a night honoring James Turrell and Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

The gala will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the museum.