The LACMA’s Art + Film Gala Event | A Night Of Hollywood’s Finest
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The LACMA’s Art + Film Gala Event | A Night Of Hollywood’s Finest

November 8, 2021 Share

There might be no more aptly named event than the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art+Film Gala. The tenth annual instalment took place in November 2021 and gathered a glittering assortment of artists and movie stars at the museum’s L.A. campus for a star-studded evening.

Last year the LACMA’s 2020 Art+Film Gala was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year the film event of the year was back and this time did not disappoint. 

More than 800 guests showed up at the evening, which was presented by Gucci and raised more than $4.6million to support LACMA’s exhibitions, programming, acquisitions, and film initiatives.

Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of nearly 140,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. 

Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. 

Over the decade, with the establishment of the Art+Film initiative, LACMA has dedicated resources to producing short documentary films on artists including John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Barbara Kruger, James Turrell, Robert Irwin, and Catherine Opie that are directed by outside filmmakers. 

As LACMA continues to define itself as a place to innovate and set standards for museums around the country, LACMA Productions aims to establish a forum for atypical films about art and artists for our audiences worldwide. 


Nowadays, it has become more important than ever to create compelling content that can educate and inspire and connect audiences to the artists of our time.

This is because, with the reputation that LACMA has created, it has given rise to a series of short documentaries that has even earned official selections and awards at some of the leading international film festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, DOC NYC, Outfest, and more.

At 2021’s special event of the year, the LACMA Art + Film Gala’s 10th annual edition honoured Steven Spielberg as well as Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, portrait artists for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Presented by Gucci, the star-studded affair at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA trustee Eva Chow. The night, which raised a record $5 million for the museum, kicked off with an outdoor cocktail reception on the museum grounds. 

DJ D-Nice — a superstar deejay who saw his star rise during the pandemic with his IG Live series Club Quarantine, streamed by everyone from Michelle Obama to Rihanna — delivered the beats while stars from Squid Game, including director Hwang Dong-hyuk, stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and Lee Byung-hun, posed for photos and accepted congratulations from admirers of Netflix’s biggest series to date.

The event offered a chance for guests to get an advanced look at two new exhibits opening Nov. 7, The Obama Portraits Tour featuring the two works by the night’s honorees Sherman and Wiley portraying the 44th president and former first lady. 

Currently, the museum is in the final stretches of fundraising to build a new home for its collection; designed by architect Peter Zumthor with a hoped-for opening in 2024, it will cost $750 million, of which $679 million has been raised.

Meanwhile, an array of stars waited at the entrance to the red carpet.

Jodie Turner-Smith and Salma Hayek

It seemed that the stars were out to shine this year. They were brighter than they had ever been. On the LACMA red carpet, Gucci’s contemporary muses stepped out in full force and Alessandro Michele-engineered attire. 

Guests included Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Jared Leto, Dakota Johnson, Ridley Scott, Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, Phoebe Bridges, the cast of “Squid Game,” Paris Hilton, Addison Rae, Ava DuVernay, Tracee Ellis Ross, Guillermo del Toro, Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger, Billie Eilish, James Corden, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jodie Turner-Smith, Serena Williams and Olivia Wilde.

Following on the heels of its blockbuster Hollywood Boulevard Love Parade runway show, Gucci dressed much of the guest list. 

Miley Cyrus wore a fierce Gucci Balenciaga Hacker Project suit in Flora print from the linebacker shoulders down to the pointy-toed boots, and peacocks Jared Leto and Lil Nas X strutted in suits with ostrich feather cuffs.

Elle Fanning tapped into her dark side, wearing a sheer Gucci gown in all-black, par a flower detail at the collar—so too did Billie Eilish, Serena Williams and Kirsten Dunst don monochrome head-to-toe. Longtime Gucci proponent Dakota Johnson, on the other hand, was pretty in pink, pairing wide-leg, satin trousers with a crystal bralette

Elle Fanning

On the neon front, Jodie Turner-Smith joined him in blinding Fuschia; Awkwafina, in hot pursuit with a pink and crimson gown. Hailey Bieber rocked a sleek and sexy— power-shouldering Saint Laurent, and Camila Monroe wore a fluttery Atelier Versace.

From touching speeches that honoured Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley to the reveal of the two artists’ historic paintings of Michelle and Barack Obama, currently on view at the museum alongside an exhibition of Black American portraiture, to a surprise musical performance by soul singer Celeste – we can safely say that the star-studded night definitely made its comeback of the year. 

The night did indeed reach its ultimate crescendo when fellow Brit Florence Welch joined the stage for a duet of Marvin Gay’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Let’s have a look at some of the nights best moments:

Billie Eilish
Lil Nas
Paris Hilton and Carter Reum
Hailey Bieber
Dakota Johnson
Alessandro Michele
Addison Rae
Sienna Miller
Miley Cyrus
Jared Leto
Anderson .Paak
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

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