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MOCA Gala 2017: Honoring Jeff Koons with Musical Performances by John Legend and Surprise Guest Miguel

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), hosted its annual gala on Saturday, April 29, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, in honor of Jeff Koons. For this year’s gala, co-chaired by MOCA Trustees Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, the museum transformed The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA into an immersive setting inspired by Koons’s vibrant, highly polished, and meticulously crafted aesthetic. Koons’s Celebration series, which delights in the rituals and images surrounding birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions, served as a particular point of inspiration for the evening. As part of its nod to the series, the gala showcased Balloon Dog (Orange), Balloon Dog (Magenta), and Balloon Dog (Yellow), a series of limited edition plates by Koons, produced in France by the legendary French porcelain maker Bernardaud. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and special viewing of the current exhibitions Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, Arthur Jafa’s Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, and selections from the Permanent Collection: Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby. A special gala dinner by Wolfgang Puck and musical performances by John Legend and surprise guest Miguel followed the reception.

Photo By: bFA for MOCA

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