2019 LACMA Art+Film Gala Honorees Set

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Honorees for the 2019 LACMA Art+Film Gala on Nov. 2 have been set: African-American artist Betye Saar and “Roma” filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.
LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will continue as co-chairs, and Gucci will continue as presenting sponsor for the event, which last year drew stars including Jared Leto, Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, A$ AP Rocky, Beck, Kiki Layne and Paris Jackson.
Known for her assemblage works, Saar has been a political voice in art since 1972, when she entered a small box containing an “Aunt Jemima” mammy figure wielding a gun, into an open call for black artists at a community center in Berkeley not far from the Black Panther headquarters. Titled “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” the piece repositioned a derogatory figure born of America’s racist history as an armed revolutionary, and set a course for Saar’s career exploring the symbolism of everyday objects in the context of African-American oppression.
“Betye Saar is one of the most significant artists working today, and one who boldly addresses issues of race, gender and spirituality,” said LACMA chief executive officer and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan in a statement.
“Born in Los Angeles and having sustained a career over seven decades here, Saar

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Gucci-Sponsored LACMA Art+Film Gala Announces 2018 Honorees

GO TIME FOR GUCCI, LACMA: Fine art photographer Catherine Opie and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro will be the 2018 honorees at the eighth annual Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, Art+Film Gala, sponsored by Gucci and taking place on Nov. 3 at the museum.
LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have championed the museum’s film initiatives since 2011, and will continue their efforts as the 2018 Art+Film Gala cochairs.
“Catherine Opie is one of the most important artists working today,” said Michael Govan, LACMA’s chief executive officer and Wallis Annenberg director. “Through her photographs, Cathy captures aspects of American culture, identity and politics that speak to audiences of all backgrounds. In Los Angeles, she is also recognized for her work as a teacher. In that role, she shares her knowledge and passion with future generations of artists who will continue her legacy of documentation.”
He continued, “In 2016, audiences entered the vibrant world of Guillermo del Toro at his first solo retrospective at LACMA, ‘Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters.’ As a filmmaker, Guillermo’s work challenges us to ignore traditional art-historical narratives and hierarchies of high and low culture. His ability to collapse time and space, history and

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Wear LACMA Program Taps Kendall Conrad, Lena Wald and Outerknown

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, known as LACMA, has chosen three more L.A.-based designers for its latest Wear LACMA Collection: Kendall Conrad, Lena Wald and Outerknown. An initiative of the museum’s Director’s Circle, Wear LACMA is an art and fashion project featuring limited-edition pieces created by local designers and inspired by the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions.
“One of the great things about Los Angeles is that there are so many creative people here in the city. With Wear LACMA, we love partnering with Los Angeles based-designers for their unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds. The way these designers have been inspired by the museum’s collection allows us to look closer at these works and appreciate them in a different way,” said Katherine Ross, founder of Wear LACMA. “This season’s selections from Kendall Conrad, Outerknown and Lena Wald perfectly reflect the original mission of the Wear LACMA project and spotlight incredible works of art.”

Lena Wald rings for the latest Wear LACMA collection. 

Conrad created two leather goods and a jewelry item inspired by an ancient handled weight from Afghanistan that depicts primitive scorpions surrounding a fruit bearing palm tree. “This artwork first caught my eye because it was in the shape of a bag, but the carved image

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