The Party: REDCAT’s 2011 gala honored blue-chip collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad as well as visual artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Ed Harris presided and Bauhaus’ David J crooned a dinner set in the hollowed-out bowels of the REDCAT theater, which was glammed out with a mix of fancy and faux chandeliers by Seoul-based visual and installation artist Choi Jeong-Hwa. The Players: Only L.A. art world A-listers: artists Ed Ruscha, Mike Kelley, Olga Koumoundouros, Mark Bradford, Elliott Hundley, Sam Durant; museum bigwigs including MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch; gallerists Irving Blum, Sidney Felsen and Shaun Regen; patrons Rosette Delug, Waldo Fernandez and Cameron Silver. The Highlights: The annual evening featured a raucous gypsy-jazz processional by L.A. collective Killsonic that ended the cocktail hour in the main hall, as well as Weerasethakul’s wry award acceptance speech. The filmmaker, whose Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Fest, began by taking a picture of the crowd from the podium (“It’s not easy to get this view”) before joking, “it makes me happy to know that the seats you’re all sitting in are so expensive—my friends are richer than I thought.” The event raised $500,000.
Photos by Scott Groller, Stefanie Keenan, Steven Gunther/Redcat