From left: actor Owen Wilson, artist Jeff Koons, founder Eli Broad, and artist Takashi Murakami. Photo Nicholas Gingold/Capture Imaging.

September 17, 2015 @ The Broad, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles mayor, police chief and the archbishop joined the likes of Urs Fischer, Takashi Murakami and Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel at a glitzy black-tie opening of the Broad museum last week. The new $140-million white perforated structure was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to house a formidable collection of 2,000 works assembled by Eli and Edythe Broad, stocked with pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Julie Mehretu and hundreds of other blue-chip names.

The party for 800 invited guests began with cocktails and a tour of the art-packed museum. Amid the sprinkling of famous faces (Gwyneth Paltrow and Owen Wilson), it seemed as if most museum directors in the country came to pay their respects to the West Coast's most generous benefactor. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston's new director Matthew Teitelbaum, the Whitney's Adam Weinberg and Dallas Museum of Art's Maxwell Anderson were among the celebrants.

Dinner was served in a massive temporary structure, with strung-up glowing globe lights, across the street from both the Broad and Frank Gehry's formidable silver Disney Hall. The cobia was tasty, and Eli Broad's speech was heartfelt, but Chrissie Hynde's mini rock concert at the end of the night was what got the crowds cheering.