David Hockney, artist, and Eva Chow, arts patron. Photo Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA.


November 02, 2013 @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The entertainment was waggish at the third annual Art + Film Gala fundraiser on Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). After a meal designed by Patina chef Joachim Splichal, Teller ("the quieter half" of magician duo Penn + Teller) paid tribute to co-honoree David Hockney by drawing a bowling ball and then magically causing an actual bowling ball to drop from the drawing pad. "David Hockney could do that with an iPad," he said, referring to the artist's iPad drawings. Later, Sting performed the song "Englishman in New York," transitioning into the Police's "Every Breath You Take." In between, Hockney gave a rare (one-minute) speech. Among the guests in attendance were actor Robert Downey, Jr., arts patron Dasha Zhukova, actor James Franco, dealer Larry Gagosian, and fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.

French New Wave director Agnès Varda was also honored, Scorsese having recently worked to digitally preserve four of her films.

The party, held in a temporary glass structure on the LACMA campus overlooking Michael Heizer's gigantic sculpture, Levitated Mass (2012), raised $4.1 million.

Leonardo DiCaprio introduced co-honoree Martin Scorsese, who wrapped up the talks with a keynote speech about the necessity of film preservation, also noting that Hockney was a big inspiration in his filmmaking. "All the way back to Taxi Driver," he said. "Major influence on Taxi Driver." He didn't elaborate.

Vinoodh Matadin, one half of photography duo Inez & Vinoodh—who recently showed at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles—favorably compared the LACMA Art + Film Gala to the Met Ball at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, telling A.i.A., "This is much more fun. The Met Ball is one big photo op, where they herd you from here to here, and then you go home. Here, you can relax and talk to people."

Bettina Korek, who runs Los Angeles arts organization ForYourArt, concurred. "I'm having so much fun," she told A.i.A. "Are you excited for Sting? I love Sting."