LACMA to laud Brad­ford, Lu­cas

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Deb­o­rah Vankin

The Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art an­nounced that L.A. artist Mark Brad­ford and “Star Wars” cre­ator Ge­orge Lu­cas will be the honorees at the Art + Film Gala, the an­nual fundraiser set for Nov. 4.

“LACMA has en­joyed a long re­la­tion­ship with Mark, from our first pur­chase of his work in 2002 as part of the mu­seum’s ‘Art Here and Now’ pro­gram to the ac­qui­si­tion of his mon­u­men­tal 2013 paint­ing ‘Shoot the Coin,’ ” LACMA Direc­tor Michael Go­van said in the an­nounce­ment this week, while also cit­ing the artist’s work in ed­u­ca­tional projects and his Leimert Park-based Art + Prac­tice pro­gram.

Go­van noted the film­maker’s devo­tion to vis­ual arts, in­clud­ing the pend­ing con­struc­tion of a mu­seum in Ex­po­si­tion Park. “Ge­orge’s epic new mu­seum is one of the great­est cul­tural phil­an­thropic gifts ever made in Los An­ge­les, and will ben­e­fit lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as well as en­cour­age a deeper un­der­stand­ing of nar­ra­tive arts,” he said.

LACMA’s Art + Film Gala will be co-chaired by mu­seum trustee Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio. Last year’s gala, hon­or­ing light and space artist Robert Ir­win and Os­car-win­ning film­maker Kathryn Bigelow, raised more than $3.6 mil­lion for the mu­seum. Pro­ceeds go to­ward LACMA’s film ini­tia­tives, fu­ture ex­hi­bi­tions, art acquisitions and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming.

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