Gucci Sponsored LACMA Art + Film Gala Announces Winners – WWD
Los Angeles County may be back to an indoor mask tenure, but plans are still in motion for the Gucci-sponsored Art + Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 6.
The 10th annual event will honor Obama’s revolutionary and portrait artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, and legendary director Steven Spielberg.
Sherald and Wiley were the first black artists to be commissioned to paint the official portraits of a President and First Lady of the United States in 2018.
To coincide with the gala, “The Obama Portraits Tour,” which originated at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, will be presented at LACMA from November 7 to January 2. A companion exhibit, “Black American Portraits,” examining two centuries of black portraits from LACMA’s permanent collection, will be on view from November 7 to April 17, 2022.
Earlier this year, Sherald’s first West Coast solo exhibit, “The Great American Fact,” depicting black Americans in recreation scenes, was shown at Hauser & Wirth in downtown Los Angeles and was visited. by Michelle Obama, among others. Sherald’s portrayal of Breonna Taylor, whose fatal Louisville police shooting helped galvanize the global Black Lives Matter protests, appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in September 2020 and was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.
Although now based in New York City, Wiley grew up in south-central Los Angeles and found inspiration to become an artist early on through visits to LACMA. In a style described as descending from Titian, Reynolds and Gainsborough, his paintings, sculptures and videos replace traditional aristocrats with contemporary black subjects, highlighting their absence from cultural narratives.
Spielberg’s 32 films range from summer blockbusters “ET”, “Jurassic Park”, “Jaws” and “Indiana Jones” to historical dramas “Schindler’s List”, “Saving Private Ryan” and “Amistad”. He is a three-time Academy Award winner, Kennedy Center winner, Irving G. Thalberg Award winner from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 from President Barack Obama. Spielberg’s spin on “West Side Story” will be released on December 10th.
As part of the celebration of its 100th anniversary, Gucci continues to be the main sponsor of the November 6 gala and Alessandro Michele will host his next fashion show in Los Angeles earlier this week. It’s shaping up to be a good month for the brand. Film “La Maison Gucci” with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is scheduled to debut on November 24.
LACMA is in the midst of a $ 750 million renovation, which included the demolition of several of its existing buildings in preparation for a new complex designed by Peter Zumthor that will cross the street and connect the original museum on Wilshire Boulevard. It will feature themed rather than historical galleries, similar to the approach of the renovated Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It has been a difficult pandemic for a year and a half for the LA institution: the museum sold director Michael Govan’s $ 6 million home in Hancock Park to raise funds while the museum was shut down there was resignations from the board of directors and negative press on the renovations. The new building is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
Proceeds from the annual Art + Film Gala help fund LACMA’s film programming and fund exhibitions, acquisitions and education.
Also on the cinematic front, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures next door on Wilshire Boulevard is set to open with a 500-star gala on September 25.