Party On: LACMA’s 2019 Art+Film Gala Honors Betye Saar and Alfonso Cuarón

Co-chairs Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow welcomed a distinguished crowd to the ninth annual fundraiser



The worlds of art and cinema collided on Saturday, Nov. 2, at LACMA’s ninth annual Art+Film Gala. The evening, presented by Gucci and championed by the gala’s co-chairs, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow, recognized legendary Los Angeles native and artist Betye Saar and Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón.

A star-studded crowd of more than 800 guests, including art industry stalwarts Mark Bradford, Barbara Kruger, Jonas Wood, Alexandra Grant, Benjamin Millepied and Catherine Opie, gathered at the L.A. institution’s tented pavilion for a dinner — prepared by California chef Joachim Splichal — and the award ceremony. Actors and directors, including Brie Larson, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Naomi Campbell, Zoe Saldana, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Guillermo del Torro, Greta Gerwig and Ava DuVernay looked on as John Legend presented 93-year-old Saar, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Donald Glover introduced Cuarón.

The party continued with cocktails and live music under the starry sky, featuring a special performance by Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, whom Billie Eilish presented on stage. The likes of Keanu Reeves, Regina King, Sienna Miller, Kiki Layne, Camila Morrone, Yara Shahidi, Jon Hamm and Beck mingled as Rainsford Qualley spun behind the DJ booth. This year’s iteration of the gala raised more than $4.6 million, with the proceeds going toward LACMA’s film initiatives and art programming.





















Feature image: ALESSANDRO MICHELE, BETYE SAAR, MICHAEL GOVAN, EVA CHOW and ALFONSO CUARÓN, all wearing GUCCI. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for LACMA.


Nov. 4, 2019

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