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the Hammer Museum Honored Ava Duvernay and Hilton Als at their Annual Gala with Support from Bottega Veneta

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Hammer Museum welcomed cultural and civic leaders, artists, collectors, patrons of the arts, and entertainment world notables to the 15th annual Gala in the Garden. The Gala raised $2.4 million to support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs, which are free to the public. Returning for the fifth year, Bottega Veneta partnered with the Hammer Museum to present this year’s Gala in the Garden, celebrating both artists and creative expression in Los Angeles. Over 500 guests attended the Gala—held in the museum’s outdoor courtyard—which honored celebrated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and award-winning writer Hilton Als with tribute speeches by writer, producer, and director J.J. Abrams and author Maggie Nelson. Los Angeles natives HAIM performed The Wire, Want You Back, and a cover of I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. Event co-chairs included Jenni, Maggie, and Saree Kayne, Jessica Lange, Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, and Zachary Quinto. The menu for the seated dinner was created by Suzanne Goin of Lucques.

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Photo By: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Hammer Museum

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