Hammer Time!

| October 25, 2011 | Parties National

THE PARTY Honoring UCLA professor and artist Lari Pittman as well as The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, the annual gala held in the museum’s courtyard raised more than $1.7 million for Hammer’s world-renowned exhibitions and public programs. THE PLAYERS Hammer Director Ann Philbin; art stars Ed Ruscha, Mark Bradford, Jennifer Steinkamp, Doug Aitken, Barbara Kruger, Jorge Pardo, Frank Gehry; collectors Rosette Delug, Susan and Leonard Nimoy, Eugenio Lopez, Maria and Bill Bell; Hollywood and fashion luminaries Darren Star, Neil Patrick Harris, Monique Lhuillier, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Lisa Cholodenko THE HIGHLIGHTS A comedic video tribute to Groening featuring Conan O’Brien and Yeardley Smith (who voices Lisa Simpson) kicked off the night with roaring laughter among the 600-plus guests, all seated beneath an installation of lanterns by MacArthur award-winning artist Pardo. Actor Neil Patrick Harris introduced Groening, noting that his cultural contribution is so great, he “put the word ‘D’oh’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.” Photos by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage


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