A glittering crowd had studded both the foreground and the background of the Geffen Contemporary for MOCA's 36th annual gala.
Dita Von Teese, Marisa Tomei, and philanthropist Joy Venturini Bianchi (and her legendary spectacles) shared a dinner of loup de mer and white asparagus crafted by Wolfgang Puck, who arrived with his wife, designer Gelila Assefa. Frank Gehry, still dashing at 86, designed the canopy that sheltered us from the industrial fans blowing William Pope.L's "Trinket"—the 55-by-16-foot fraying American flag on view next door.
Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson were also in attendance, with Sam, the 50 Shades director and former White Cube-represented artist overheard remarking “It doesn’t always need to be about the entertainment industry,” thus capturing the decidedly art-centric zeitgeist where names like Barbara Kruger, Betty Saar, and Piero Golia outnumbered the likes of Britt Robertson, Gia Coppola—resplendant in Louis Vuitton, who presented the gala—and Nathalie Love.
MOCA Director Philippe Vergne was in high spirits, having just come off a hugely successful fundraising drive, and the unrelentingly upbeat performance by Janelle Monae contributed an air of genuine celebration as she crowed, "I Feel Good," moving the house to their feet.