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LACMA’s Eight Annual Art+Film Gala Raises More Than 4.5 Million

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted its eighth annual Art+Film Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2018, honoring artist Catherine Opie and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the evening brought together more than 850 distinguished guests from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries, among others. This year’s gala raised more than $4.5 million, with proceeds supporting LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions, and programming. The 2018 Art+Film Gala was made possible through Gucci’s longstanding and generous partnership.

The Art+Film Gala began with red-carpet arrivals of art world and entertainment luminaries, fashion icons, and renowned artists at LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance. This year, transportation and additional support for the gala was provided by Audi. Following the evening’s dinner program, Will Ferrell invited guests to an outdoor performance. Dakota Johnson then introduced Beck, who powered through hits Devil’s Haircut, Loser, and E-Pro, with special guests Dave Grohl on drums and Greg Kurstin on guitar and organ. The set concluded with Where It’s At, featuring a mammoth covers medley including the Blondie classic Rapture, with vocals from very special guest St. Vincent. Eva Chow, co-chair of the Art+Film Gala, said, “I’m happy that we honored Cathy Opie and Guillermo del Toro in what was our most successful Art+Film Gala yet. It is so special to acknowledge Cathy’s and Guillermo’s creative work as we continue to support LACMA’s film initiatives and programs. My immense thanks to Alessandro Michele, Marco Bizzarri, and the entire Gucci team for being our faithful partner since the very beginning, and to Beck for his amazing performance.”

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