The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has set its sixth annual Art+Film gala, taking place on Oct. 29 at the museum, to honor artist Robert Irwin and director Kathryn Bigelow. The event, presented by Gucci and cochaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, is one of L.A.’s glitziest art fundraisers, with ample attendance from both the art world and Hollywood luminaries.
The 2016 event will pay tribute to Southern California native Irwin, who pioneered the “Light and Space” art movement in the Sixties. With a career spanning more than six decades, Irwin has explored perception as the fundamental issue of art. Through a breakdown of the traditional frame, Irwin regards his art as conditional, responding to its specific surroundings. He created 55 site-specific works ranging from the architectural and grounds design of Dia Beacon to the Central Garden of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He began working on the Primal Palm Garden at LACMA in 2010, an evolving work comprised of over 100 trees.
Bigelow is a two-time Oscar-winning director and film producer. She is currently in production on an untitled Detroit project, a drama that explores racism during the Detroit riots of 1967. The release is set for next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the riots. She also is producing a virtual reality short film titled “The Protectors” to shed light on the dangers of the ivory trade. Her 2010 film “The Hurt Locker” earned her Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Originally trained as a painter, Bigelow graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, then entered the graduate film program at Columbia University.
Guests at this year’s event may include stars of Bigelow’s past projects such as Jessica Chastain and Jeremy Renner, and Gucci fans such as Jared Leto, Elle and Dakota Fanning, Dakota Johnson and Robert Pattinson. The evening’s musical performer is still under wraps.