On Saturday November 2, 2019, notables from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries will gather at LACMA for its ninth annual Art+Film Gala honoring influential American artist Betye Saar and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will co-chair the event for the ninth consecutive year.
Past honorees of the Art+Film Gala include artists Catherine Opie, Mark Bradford, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Barbara Kruger, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, and John Baldessari, and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Kathryn Bigelow, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and Clint Eastwood.
Proceeds from the annual Art+Film Gala go toward underwriting LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming, while also funding LACMA’s broader mission. This includes exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming that explore the intersection of art and film.
LACMA Productions is an award-winning extension of the museum’s film initiative. Over the last eight years, along with the establishment of the Art+Film initiative, LACMA has dedicated resources to producing a series of short documentary films on artists including John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Barbara Kruger, James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Mark Bradford, and Catherine Opie. Commissioned from emerging and mid-career filmmakers, the museum’s short documentaries have earned official selections at leading international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, DOC NYC, Los Angeles Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Full Frame, and AFI DOCS. Past filmmakers include Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Lance Accord, Doug Pray, Lucy Walker, Jessica Yu, Pippa Bianco, Lisanne Skyler, Dime Davis, and Sini Anderson. For the 2019 Art+Film Gala, LACMA has commissioned filmmaker Christine Turner to make a short film about Betye Saar.
The Art+Film Gala is once again made possible by Gucci’s longstanding and generous support.