Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, Steven Spielberg to be Honoured at LACMA Gala
Typically, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Art+Film Gala shines a spotlight on each discipline by honouring a standout creative from each space. This year, however, the programme is being expanded to hold space for a trio of honorees on 6 November when Steven Spielberg will share a stage with prominent artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley.
Sherald and Wiley are known for portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama — Sherald’s Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama and Wiley’s Barack Obama — works that will be on view at LACMA from 7 November to 2 January as part of the West Coast presentation of The Obama Portraits Tour, organised by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. To complement the exhibition, the museum will feature Black American portraits, which examine two centuries of Black portraiture, from 7 November to 17 April.
Other aspects of the 10th annual Art+Film Gala will remain unchanged. Back again to serve as co-chairs of the event are Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow. The pair have “championed” the museum’s film initiatives since 2011. Gucci returns as a presenting sponsor during a milestone year for the luxury house as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Audi is also back this year, its third, to provide additional support.
LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan called it a “great privilege” to honour the trio, noting that Spielberg’s “masterpieces of cinema continue to shape our culture.” He added: “Art and film are both irreplaceable experiences through which we can better understand ourselves and others, and we are excited to once again bring the worlds of art and film together at this event.”
Proceeds from Art+Film go toward underwriting LACMA’s initiative “to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming, while also funding LACMA’s broader mission.” The event has long been a draw for filmmakers and talent, bringing A-listers to the museum for a glamorous night of cocktails, a dinner program, speeches and a night-ending musical performance. This year, Hollywood will be keeping a close eye on that part of Wilshire Boulevard anyway as the long-awaited opening of the Academy Museum is poised to open next door just weeks before, on 30 September. Spielberg, who donated to the museum and helped orchestrate plans, will see his name atop the Spielberg Family Gallery, a lobby section across from the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery.
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