In October, during a lull in the awards season and at the tail end of the European runway shows, the Hammer Museum will become a glamorous locus for Hollywood celebrities and the fashion set.
For the 14th edition of its annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 8, the Los Angeles-based arts institution plans to honor multimedia artist Laurie Anderson and director Todd Haynes in a multisensory fete chaired by Jodie Foster, Alexandra Hedison, Robert Soros and Tomas Maier.
In between a dinner created by chef Suzanne Goin from Lucques and a performance by Rufus Wainwright, under a lantern installation crafted by Mexican design firm Pedro & Juana, guests will pay tribute to the honorees via Sarah Paulson and Karl Ove Knausgaard. Paulson will share her thoughts on Haynes, who directed her in “Carol” alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Knausgaard, author of the autobiographical novel “My Struggle,” will speak about Anderson, who was named NASA’s first artist-in-residence.
If past parties serve as a barometer, the guest list should reflect Southern California’s stylish side, partly thanks to Bottega Veneta, which is partnering with the Hammer for the fourth year. Those who mingled under the stars over the years included Tom Ford, Salma Hayek, Miuccia Prada, Armie Hammer, Katy Perry, Cindy Sherman, Kate Bosworth, Steve Martin, Jack Black, Ashley Olsen, Matthew Barney, Frank Gehry, Rachel Maddow and John Baldessari, who sported a Rodarte T-shirt to boot.
The gala has been a boon for the Hammer’s fund-raising efforts. Last year’s soiree, which drew Julia Roberts and Emma Stone to honor Diane Keaton and Paul McCarthy, drummed up more than $2 million.
As Roberts said that evening, “Museums can seem like big, scary, unapproachable places and that’s not the feeling here.”