Elton John performed a five-song set, Billie Eilish made her first red carpet appearance with new boyfriend Jesse Rutherford, and director Park Chan-wook and artist Helen Pashjian were honored at LACMA 11.Th Saturday night is the annual Art + Film Gala.
Park — considered a top contender for a best director Oscar nomination for his new film The decision to leave, which was South Korea’s submission for Best International Feature — drew hearty laughs from the audience as they accepted their honor. His speech demonstrated the accepted standards for publicizing one’s achievements in Korea as opposed to the United States.
“I initially wanted to be with the following words, ‘I don’t know how to thank you for such an award beyond me.’ But I remembered the advice of a friend who knows Korean and American culture. He told me that you shouldn’t be too humble in America… So I take that advice and say the following words, ‘I’m not surprised at the award, which I clearly deserve,'” said Park. He is a film director. Celebrating their 30th anniversary.
Park was introduced Squid game Actor Lee Byung-hun starred in the director’s 2000 film Joint Security Area, a career breakthrough for both after each suffered several flops. (Lee had rejected one of Park’s bombs.)
“Director Park and I have both experienced tragic failures side by side on our separate paths. It was absolutely miserable,” Lee said. “We were both depressed at the time, thinking that director Park or I would be able to make a movie again. Then one day Director Park offered me another role. A failed director and a failed actor come together to create a new project – what a perfect idea.
When they finally linked up in Joint Security Area, the film, Lee recalled, “broke box office records for Korean films. [and] changed the history of Korean cinema. Both Lee and LACMA CEO and Director Michael Govan noted the recent horrific Halloween tragedy in Seoul, South Korea, in which more than 150 people died. “Please join me in keeping all the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers,” Lee said.
The night, co-chaired by designer Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio (the first time he was absent in the event’s 11-year history), raised more than $5 million for the museum’s overall operations and its program recognizing the film. LACMA’s Art + Film gala, as its name suggests, honors not only a film director but also a great artist each year. This year’s honoree, Helen Pashjian, is best known as a pioneering member of the California Light and Space Art movement of the 1960s. Pashjian accepted his honor with a poetic speech about the role that Southern California’s particular light plays in both film and fine art.
“If you were to talk to a filmmaker today, he or she would tell you that lighting is fascinating and infuriating. Irritating [because] It floats as you line up the perfect shot. If you talk to a visual artist, they’ll tell you that the plane is flat, that it’s cool, that it whitens the shadows. If you travel to Caltech and talk to one of their atmospheric scientists they will likely tell you that photons of light mix with dust particles in the air to create what is called light scattering, and that this scattering phenomenon is unique to this region. . … In the end, I like to think that this strange light of ours remains what it always has been: a vague mysterious unknown and therein lies its magic.
The night kicked off with a red carpet arrival, where Eilish and Rutherford, lead singer of the band The Neighborhood, arrived in matching pajamas and a blanket for two, all from Gucci, a longtime sponsor of the Art + Film Gala. Rutherford and Eilish, who also sported a Gucci sleep mask, held hands throughout the evening.
During the cocktail portion of the night, DJ D-Nice spun tunes in the seated courtyard area next to the soaring LACMA’s new Peter Zumthor-designed David Geffen Galleries building. Fifty percent complete, its outline could be seen in the near distance, while a pair of cranes towered over the assembled guests.
Among those wearing Gucci were Elliott Page (who strutted around the party with comedian May Martin), Olivia Wilde (in a chevron-patterned sequined dress with bright red evening gloves), Janelle Monae, Lindsey Vonn, Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri. Pinault (chairman and CEO of Gucci owner Kering), Jodi Turner-Smith, Julia Garner, Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhourey Elba, Carey Mulligan and Henry Golding.
Quinta Brunson, in a black and teal taffeta dress, carried a beaded bag in the shape of a beer can. “This is my beer can clutch. For the Phillies,” the Philadelphia native told a fellow guest. Dressed in a crystal-encrusted velvet Gucci tuxedo, Jared Leto snapped some photos of Sidney Sweeney, who wore a pink Giambattista Valli gown full of romantic rose detailing. Andrew Garfield hung out with gallerist Vito Schnabel.
Other celebs spotted in the crowd included Heidi Klum, Sebastian Stan, Addison Rae (who had the most plunging neckline of the evening), Diego Calva, Jude Law, Kathryn Hahn, Elizabeth Banks, Kendall Jenner, models Alessandra Ambrosio and Halima Auden, Black, Auden. Sean Penn, Sandra Oh and Paris Hilton with husband Carter Ream. Last summer, Hilton gifted an acquisitions fund to LACMA to acquire digital artworks by women artists.
Inside a specially designed pavilion, guests feasted on beef tortellini in Parmigiano Reggiano sauce on a menu created by Gucci Osteria in collaboration with Joachim Splichal. At a long table, Kim Kardashian was deep in conversation with Bob Iger. Later, Kardashian and her sister Kendall Jenner posed for photos with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.
Lucas Museum of Fine Arts Director and CEO Sandra Jackson-Dumont and Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart joined artists representing the art and museum worlds, including Henry Taylor, Catherine Opie, Charles Gaines, Lauren Halsey, Calida Ravels and Rashad Newsom.
At the end of the dinner – which was also supported by Audi – Idris Elba invited guests to go back outside for dessert and enjoy a special performance by Elton John, who played such hits as he played the big red piano. your song, Rocket Man And Don’t let the sun go down on meShe dedicated it to party guest Taron Egerton who painted her in 2019 Rocketman.
Noted directors in the group are Chloe Zhao, Rian Johnson and Damien Chazelle; Rick and Kathy Hilton; New Head of Marketing at Amazon Studios Sue Kroll; designer Peter Dundas and husband Evangelo Boucis; Christie’s Vice President Sonya Roth; CJ Vice President Mickey Lee; California Film Commission chief Colleen Bell and husband Bradley Bell; Michael Ovitz and Tamara Mellon; Wendy Stark Morrissey; Hilton & Highlands Linda May; Architect Kulpat Yantrasasth; jewelry designer Lori Rodkin; and LACMA Board Co-Chairs Elaine Wynn and Tony Ressler.
After the show, the crowd streamed toward a valet pick-up on Wilshire Boulevard, where a crowd of fans chanted Eilish’s name, trying to get her attention. The singer and Rutherford were standing next to a large black SUV, which was accompanied by her brother Phineas, girlfriend Claudia Sulewski. Eilish and Rutherford were seen cooling their heels until their own transport arrived. Finally, as the fans’ chants of “We love you Billy” crescendoed, Eilish stood up on the runner of the SUV and yelled, “I love you too.” A few minutes later, a Sprinter van appeared and whisked the couple off into the evening. (Many guests headed to the after-party at co-chairman Chow’s Holmby Hills mansion.)
In a fitting cap to the evening and its theme of bringing together the worlds of film and art, actor Simu Liu exited the party by walking through Chris Burden’s large-scale street lamp sculpture. City light When a friend took pictures of him.