Bold Strokes

| May 1, 2014 | Parties National

The Party
MOCA’s annual fundraising gala is always one of L.A.’s most highly anticipated parties, but this year there were more reasons to celebrate than ever before. Not only did the fete honor the museum’s 35th anniversary, it also celebrated its new director, Philippe Vergne, and the opening of the high-profile Mike Kelley retrospective. Sponsored by Louis Vuitton, the star-studded event raised an impressive $2.4 million.

The Scene
Held downtown at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the night attracted some of the biggest names in art, film, music and fashion—from Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger to Jane Fonda and Pharrell Williams. Following a viewing of the Kelley exhibit, guests poured into a gorgeous white tent for a candlelit four-course dinner by Wolfgang Puck.

The Highlights
Inspired speeches by MOCA board co-chairs Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano led the way for Vergne to take the stage. “By being here and supporting the art, you are supporting an institution that puts the art first,” he said. “In many ways, this is just the beginning.” And it certainly was—to everyone’s surprise, the evening concluded with a rare performance by none other than Diana Ross. –Photos by Billy Farrell Agency


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