2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala to Honor Kathryn Bigelow and Robert Irwin

Leonardo Di Caprio will again co-chair.

Director Kathryn Bigelow at work. Courtesy of Kathryn Bigelow.

Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow and pioneering California Light and Space artist Robert Irwin will be honored at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s 2016 Art+Film Gala, the museum has announced.

As was the case last year, Oscar-winning actor and art collector Leonardo DiCaprio will serve as co-chair with LACMA trustee Eva Chow. Gucci is sponsoring the benefit, so expect the star-studded crowd to be particularly well-dressed.

Robert Irwin. Courtesy Philipp Scholz Rittermann/Pace.

Robert Irwin. Courtesy Philipp Scholz Rittermann/Pace.

The gala’s 2015 edition honored James Turrell and film director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The event had some 600 guests, many from the fields of art, entertainment, and fashion (Reese Witherspoon, Usher, and Naomi Campbell all attended), and raised over $4 million to support film at the museum.

According to one guest who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, the A-list party “almost felt like the West Coast version of the Met Gala.”

“Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow, are gifted artists who are fearless in their creative and social practice. Kathryn’s films are visually and thematically captivating and truly exemplify her singular vision as an artist. Bob is one of the most significant artists of our time. He creates art not of objects but of perception,” said LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan in a statement, calling the benefit “the touchstone annual event celebrating the intersection of art, film, and fashion.”

The LACMA Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

The LACMA Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Irwin has been a feature of the LACMA collection since the 1960s, and began work on the museum’s Primal Palm Garden, an evolving installation of over 100 trees, in 2010. This summer, he completed a new art installation at Marfa, Texas.

Bigelow originally studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has seen her work shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the 2011 exhibition “Crafting Genre: Kathryn Bigelow.” She was the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director, which she celebrated at the 2010 Oscars for her film The Hurt Locker.


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