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  • Written by Emily Pink


Judy Baca, photo by Todd Gray; David Fincher, photo by Michael Avedon

This year’s Art + Film Gala will honor artist Judy Baca, and filmmaker David Fincher for their contributions to art and the film industry. Sponsored by LACMA’s partner Gucci and Audi and celebrated on November 4th, the annual LACMA Art + Film Gala celebrates the diverse array of talent to be found in the creative industries, fundraising for the development of further endeavors in cinema and artistry. The event brings together celebrities from across the creative sphere to champion investment into the arts.

Fashion designer Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, both individuals who have advocated for LACMA’s film initiatives across the years, will continue to play their part at this year’s event as co-chairs.

Judy Baca is considered ‘one of the most important American artists working today’, according to LACMA’s CEO Michael Govan. Her work draws on her hometown of Los Angeles, with a focus on public art and historicized spaces. Her most famous work, ‘The Great Wall of Los Angeles’, is located in the San Fernando Valley and spans half a mile. Considered a work-in-progress, the piece continues to grasp multiple generations who consider Los Angeles their home. Baca’s work reconciles the struggles of people and the intersections of individuals, place, and history, developing art that will maintain its relevance for years to come. LACMA has recently announced that Baca’s latest work will debut in an exhibition this fall.

David Fincher is thought of as a leading figure in contemporary cinema, with iconic filmographies such as Fight Club (1999), The Social Network (2010) and Mank (2020). His distinctive style looks deeply into human psychology and has garnered global praise for his unique storytelling ability, paired with visual flair. Govan notes that ‘his unique vision pulls audiences deeper into his cinematic world.’

The 12th version of this event celebrates the diverse ways to tell important stories of place, identity, and history. Proceeds from LACMA’s Art + Film Gala support the museum’s imitative to develop further projects on the intersections of arts and film – whether this be through programming or exhibitions.

Some honorees from lasts years include artists Mark Bradford, Barbara Kruger, David Hockney, and filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and more.


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