Gucci Presents LACMA's 2019 Art+Film Gala

by Ottavia Brey

Portrait of Betye Saar. Photographed by  Guy Lowndes . Flaunt Magazine, 2013.

Portrait of Betye Saar. Photographed by Guy Lowndes. Flaunt Magazine, 2013.

In a continuation of the renowned luxury fashion brand’s long-standing partnership with LACMA, Gucci will serve once again as the museum’s presenting sponsor for its 2019 Art+Film Gala. The ninth in a series of events aimed at highlighting the dialogue inherent between art and cinema in Los Angeles, the gala will take place on November 2nd, Co-Chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The Art+Film Gala will honor the works of artist Betye Saar, whom Flaunt shot in 2013, and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. “Together with the generous support of our partner Gucci, we are able to shine a light on their contributions in their respective fields that inspire future generations of artists and filmmakers,” said Chow of the brand’s indispensable contribution to the event.

“The Game of Time,” (2013). Tableau: Child’s chair with orange face clock, Metal table with candles, Rectangular clock face in sand, and Child’s chair with green clock. 68 x 30 x 20 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

“The Game of Time,” (2013). Tableau: Child’s chair with orange face clock, Metal table with candles, Rectangular clock face in sand, and Child’s chair with green clock. 68 x 30 x 20 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Betye Saar, whose found-object approach to collage played a critical role in the development of the Assemblage art movement, is one of the most significant artists of her generation, her work boldly addressing issues of race, gender, and spirituality. LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan observed that the artist, “has only begun to receive the international acclaim her work deserves. LACMA has exhibited her work since 1972. This fall, we are thrilled to present Betye Saar: Call and Response, an exhibition that will reveal the artist’s sketchbooks, an important part of her creative process that has never before been shown publicly, and their relation to her finished works.”

“The Alpha and Omega,” (2013). Installation View. Courtesy the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

“The Alpha and Omega,” (2013). Installation View. Courtesy the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

On the subject of the event’s other honoree, Govan stated, “We are also thrilled to honor acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. Cuarón tells beautiful and stirring stories of humanity and how we relate to one another, from his early films The Little Princess and Y Tu Mamá También to his recent work including Gravity and last year’s Roma, which was as personal as it was universal.” Earlier in the year, LACMA displayed a number of large stills from Roma, the stunning black and white images serving as a testament to the director’s incomparable compositional skills. 

Photographed by Dan Winters

Photographed by Dan Winters

Proceeds from the event will benefit LACMA’s film initiative—aimed at increasing the medium’s presence in the museum’s programming—in addition to exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming focused around the relationship between art and the moving image.