LACMA LINKS WITH GUCCI AGAIN: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. In the case of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Gucci, if it’s glamorous and philanthropic, amplify the attention even more with another acclaimed artist and Oscar-winning director.
Collaborating on the Art+Film Gala for the fifth year in a row, LACMA and Gucci plan to honor James Turrell and filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu at the Nov. 7 celebration. Continuing as co-chairs since the inauguration of the annual fundraiser in 2011, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA trustee Eva Chow are overseeing the event, which has raised more than $14.3 million for the museum over the years.
For Turrell, the distinction marks his return to LACMA. Michael Govan, the museum’s chief executive officer, cocurated his recent retrospective that started at LACMA and then traveled the world.
Iñárritu won three Academy Awards for directing, cowriting and coproducing “Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” which was named Best Picture. He is working on his next film, “The Revenant,” costarring DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in an epic about revenge and adventure in the 19th century American frontier.
Past honorees representing art and film included John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney and Barbara Kruger, as well as Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.