To celebrate its first birthday, art organization Los Angeles Nomadic Division hosted back-to-back parties that drew a magnetic mix of celebrity and art heavyweights.
On Thursday night at the Sunset Tower, rocker brothers Royston and Antony Langdon performed with Rain Phoenix as Gift Horse Project, a band featuring a rotating group of musicians and visual artists — and sometimes celebrities who think they are musicians. Eva Mendes backed up the crew on a cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream,” but maintained no illusion about her potential for a musical career. “I wouldn’t call it performing,” Mendes said. “I’m saying ‘la la la.’” In fact, the actress was so nervous before her debut that she had to pretend she was singing in the shower to calm her nerves. The mere suggestion drew a chorus of wolf calls.
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The previous evening’s dinner party for LAND was much more subdued. Sharon Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Chow, Liz Goldwyn, Marin Hopper, Lauren Taschen, Peter Morton, Katherine Ross, Michael Govan and Honor Fraser mingled amidst the Basquiats and Warhols at ubercollector Eugenio Lopez’s Beverly Hills manse. Jeffrey Deitch, the new director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, was having a ball immersing himself in the L.A. art world. “This is the place to be right now,” he said.
Gallerist Tony Shafrazi gave an impromptu tutorial to Rose McGowan, who confessed she’s the only person in her family who can’t draw.
Eva Longoria Parker could have used a few pointers, too. “I’m a big collector of Chicano art and urban art,” Longoria Parker said. “I’m not a contemporary fan. That’s why I came tonight to expose myself.”
Toms shoes founder Blake Mycoskie opted to wear his art collection, in the form of slip-ons painted by artist Tyler Ramsey.
“I live on a boat,” Mycoskie explained, “so I can’t collect a lot of art.”