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LACMA's seventh annual Art+Film Gala honors Mark Bradford and George Lucas and raises more than $4.4 million
Director George Lucas and Mellody Hobson attend the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Mark Bradford and George Lucas on November 4, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. TARA ZIEMBA / AFP.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted its seventh annual Art+Film Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017, honoring artist Mark Bradford and filmmaker George Lucas. Co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the evening brought together more than 600 distinguished guests from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries, among others. The evening raised more than $4.4 million, with proceeds supporting LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions, and programming. The 2017 Art+Film Gala was made possible through the long-term and generous support of Gucci.

Eva Chow, co-chair of the Art+Film Gala said, “I'm thrilled with the success of this year's Art+Film Gala. It means so much that this incredible group of people came together to honor Mark and George and to support LACMA. I'm so grateful to Gucci for being our steadfast partner in this event since the beginning, and of course to Annie Lennox for her outstanding performance!”

“I am immensely grateful to Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have firmly supported LACMA’s art and film initiative and served as the Art+Film Gala Co-chairs since the event’s inaugural year,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “We honor the achievements of Mark Bradford and George Lucas—two artistic innovators who also share a deep commitment to art and education. Mark has invested in the L.A. community with Art + Practice, bringing museum-quality art exhibitions and youth services to Leimert Park, and George, through his George Lucas Educational Foundation, has positively impacted the course of learning and lifelong achievement of students. We are thrilled to celebrate their achievements and contributions.”

The Art+Film Gala began at LACMA, with red-carpet arrivals of art world and entertainment luminaries, fashion icons, and renowned artists at its 6th Street entrance. Guests then moved to a cocktail reception in and around the museum’s Primal Palm Garden—a work that has been continuously developed since 2010 by 2016 Art+Film Gala honoree Robert Irwin. After cocktails, guests proceeded to the Art+Film pavilion overlooking Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (2012), where they were seated for a special dinner prepared by Patina’s Joachim Splichal.

Michael Govan and Eva Chow welcomed the crowd. Further into the evening, Anderson Cooper contributed an on-screen conversation with honoree Mark Bradford, followed by a tribute to the artist from Ari Emanuel, and a brief documentary about Bradford by filmmaker Dime Davis. The audience enjoyed a short film about George Lucas by Jen Speed and JAKS Cinema, in association with Lucasfilm, with narration by David Oyelowo. Actress Kerry Washington presented a moving tribute to Lucas from the stage.

Following the presentations, actress Salma Hayek introduced Annie Lennox, who gave a dynamic performance of “Pavement Cracks,” “There Must Be An Angel,” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “No More I Love You’s,” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”

Luminaries from the art world attending the 2017 Art+Film Gala included honoree Mark Bradford, David Adjaye, Don Bacigalupi, Christopher Bedford, Lori BettisonVarga, Kerry Brougher, Petra Collins, George Davis, Walton Ford, Larry Gagosian, Ellen Gallagher, Frank and Berta Gehry, John Gerrard, Thelma Golden, Mark Grotjahn and Jen Guidi, Joanne Heyler, Thomas Houseago and Muna El Fituri, Alex Israel, Naima Keith, Paul McCarthy, Ann Philbin, Nancy Rubins, Sean Shim-Boyle, Diana Thater and T. Kelly Mason, Eileen Harris Norton, Philippe Vergne, Mary Weatherford, Iwan and Manuela Wirth, Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka, and Kulapat Yantrasast.

The entertainment, fashion, and business worlds were represented by honoree George Lucas, 2016 Art+Film Gala honoree Alejandro González Iñárritu, gala co-chair Eva Chow, gala co-chair Leonardo DiCaprio, Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri, and performer Annie Lennox. Other notable guests include Amy Adams, Trevor Andrew and Santigold, Naomi Campbell, Timothée Chalamet, Asia Chow, Gia Coppola and Jacqui Getty, Alfonso Cuarón, Lee Daniels, Dime Davis, Guillermo del Toro, Julie de Libran, Barry Diller, Ava DuVernay, Ari Emanuel, Jane Fonda, Tom Ford, Simon Fuller, Melanie Griffith, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers, Grant and Tamia Hill, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Robert Iger, Jimmy Iovine and Liberty Ross, Dakota Johnson, Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Elle Lorraine, Mia Maestro, Tobey Maguire, Tamara Mellon, Elon Musk, Khaled Abol Naga, Hari Nef, Juan Carlos Obando, Guy Oseary, Brad Pitt, Doug Pray, Behati Prinsloo, Wolfgang and Gelila Puck, Usher Raymond, Zoe Saldana, Sheryl Sandberg, Anna Deavere Smith, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Soko, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Lindsey Vonn, Lucy Walker, Annabelle Wallis, Kerry Washington, Yoshiki, and Renée Zellweger.

LACMA trustees in attendance included Ambassador Nicole Avant, Willow Bay, Rebecka Belldegrun, Allison Berg, Troy Carter, Eva Chow, Ann Colgin, Janet Crown, Kelvin Davis, Gabrielle Garza, Thelma Golden, Lady Grainge, Victoria Jackson, Suzanne Kayne, Bryan Lourd, Michael Lynton, Geoff Palmer, Janet Dreisden Rappaport, Lynda Resnick, Tony Ressler, Carter Reum, Soumaya Slim de Romero, Steven Roth, Carole Bayer Sager, Eric Smidt, Wendy Stark Morrissey, Casey Wasserman, Elaine Wynn, and Dasha Zhukova. Other notable guests included Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles Councilman David Ryu.

Wearing Gucci to the event were Eva Chow, Mark Bradford, Michael Govan and Katherine Ross, Amy Adams, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Trevor Andrew and Santigold, Rowan Blanchard, Charlotte Casiraghi, Timothée Chalamet, Asia Chow, Petra Collins, Gia Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Jacqui Getty, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek Pinault, Mellody Hobson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Dakota Johnson, performer Annie Lennox, Lola Lennox, Tali Lennox, Jared Leto, Billie Lourd, Mia Maestro, Hari Nef, Guy Oseary and Michelle Alves, Brad Pitt, Behati Prinsloo, Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego, Soko, Lindsey Vonn, Kerry Washington, and Dasha Zhukova.

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