Coast to Coast

The L.A. crowd bravely con­quered LACMA’s an­nual Art + Film gala Satur­day, while in New York the town was out for the New Mu­seum, Per­forma and Eva Chen.

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The LACMA gala in L.A. drew Leonardo Di­Caprio and Kim Kar­dashian, while a string of events in Man­hat­tan had par­ty­go­ers go­ing up­town and down.

While the flu ap­par­ently felled Jen­nifer Lopez and Alex Ro­driguez, Kim Kar­dashian, Leonardo Di­Caprio, A$AP Rocky, Court­ney Love, Jared Leto, Lana Del Rey, Dakota John­son, Zoe Kravitz, Henry Gold­ing, Aaron Tay­lor-John­son and more made it to the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art for the eighth an­nual Art + Film Gala on Satur­day night.

The ben­e­fit hon­ored pho­tog­ra­pher Cather­ine Opie and di­rec­tor Guillermo Del Toro and proved to be the usual starry af­fair, thanks to Gucci, which spon­sored the event along with Audi.

“How are the nose­bleed seats? Is the al­ti­tude get­ting to you?” said co-chair Di­Caprio as he made his way to Kevin Con­nolly's ta­ble up on the third tier of the din­ner tent.

Cer­tainly the crème de la crème of the cre­ative class were free to min­gle that evening, some mak­ing a week­end out of it by at­tend­ing the Gucci Guilty party the night be­fore at Hol­ly­wood For­ever Ceme­tery.

“I was so happy for the com­mer­cial and the party,” said Alessan­dro Michele of the event, where a first look at the video, star­ring Leto and Del Rey with a cameo by Love, un­spooled. “The ceme­tery is one of my fa­vorite places.” He ap­par­ently be­came taken with it af­ter vis­it­ing the grave of Johnny Ra­mone.

Mean­while, the gala changed it up this year by mov­ing the mu­si­cal per­for­mance out­side. Un­der pink lights, Beck took the stage wear­ing a laven­der pussy bow shirt.

“For me go­ing to LACMA was a fam­ily tra­di­tion like bar­be­cues and base­ball games,” he said.

Fri­day night, Alexan­der McQueen chose the New Mu­seum's Next Gen din­ner as the first event it's spon­sored State­side. The an­nual din­ner, which this year hon­ored Laure Prou­vost, ex­em­pli­fies the mu­seum's mis­sion to high­light emerg­ing con­tem­po­rary artists.

"New Mu­seum's mis­sion is new ideas, and it's just so won­der­ful when we can cel­e­brate the emerg­ing voices," said Karen Wong, deputy di­rec­tor of the New Mu­seum dur­ing cock­tail hour at Stu­dio Ten at In­dus­tria.

"I don't feel as new as the New Mu­seum, but I'm get­ting newer and newer ev­ery day," said Prou­vost, who was in town for one night only. "On my way here as I was fly­ing, I was re­mem­ber­ing how my grandma used to go on a lit­tle plane, she would ask my un­cle to take her on a lit­tle plane, and she would un­dress, go to­tally naked, and at­tach her­self to a lit­tle rope and just jump and float through the clouds."

Maybe it was metaphor, but it did pro­vide a mo­ment of pause for the crowd, which in­cluded Maria Shara­pova, Der­rick Adams, and Aimee Mullins and Rupert Friend.

Thurs­day, Per­forma's fall gala of­fered plenty of sur­prises, per usual.

This year's event at Stage 37 hon­ored iconic land artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude who, over the course of many decades, cre­ated am­bi­tious, large-scale en­vi­ron­men­tal works.

Christo main­tains that what went into his projects is a lot of work — real work.

"Real wind, real wa­ter, real dan­ger, in­cred­i­ble prob­lems, real fear," said the 83-year-old artist dur­ing cock­tail hour. "Ev­ery­thing we do is all real work; has noth­ing to do with make-be­lieve. Most of the art to­day is il­lus­tra­tions of things. We have to get per­mis­sion — we don't talk to ac­tor politi­cians, we talk to the chan­cel­lor of Ger­many."

What Per­forma at­tempts to do is add an el­e­ment of new­ness to the gala scene.

"When this cur­tain is dropped, you'll be very sur­prised," said Per­forma founder Rose Lee Gold­berg, ges­tur­ing to the tented din­ner space be­hind her. "In New York, the re­al­ity in Amer­ica for all of us, is galas — we have to do these events to make sure that we are vi­able fi­nan­cially," she said. "We de­cided to turn it around and al­ways make our galas these re­ally ex­tra­or­di­nary sur­prises and re­ally un­usual per­for­mance events. So tonight is go­ing to be one of them."

As buck­ets of silent dis­costyle head­phones were passed around ahead of an evening of per­for­mances, Gold­berg of­fered the crowd an­other word: V-O-T-E.

Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Saks Fifth Av­enue flag­ship in New York held a rare sight: moth­ers and their tod­dlers hav­ing fun on the shoe floor of a depart­ment store.

This was the set­ting of an event cel­e­brat­ing Eva Chen's new chil­dren's book, “Juno Valen­tine and the Mag­i­cal Shoes,” and her kids' cloth­ing cap­sule with Janie and Jack. Neil Patrick Har­ris was in at­ten­dance with his hus­band and chil­dren, along with Martha Hunt, Phillip Lim, Olivia Palermo and Gigi Ha­did.

Chen said her chil­dren were par­tic­u­larly in­volved in the mak­ing of the book — and her ex­pe­ri­ence rais­ing them helped in­form the nar­ra­tive.

“[Ren] helped me nar­row down the fonts,” Chen said of her daugh­ter. “She'll ask for it, she calls it ‘the shoe book.' When she falls asleep, and I see her in bed and the book is next to her be­cause she fell asleep read­ing it, I get very emo­tional.

“I think start­ing at the ages of three and four, chil­dren in­ter­nal­ize mes­sages that they're given,” she went on. “If you're read­ing a book to them ev­ery night that says, ‘Have a voice, have an opin­ion, be your­self,' that per­me­ates their sub­con­scious. I read a lot of books about how to get it done, and strong women, but it should start very young.”

Phillip Lim, Gigi Ha­did and Eva Chenat Saks.

Raquel Chevre­mont and Micka­lene Thomasat the Per­forma gala.

Huma Abe­din and Stacey Ben­det at the Nex­tGen din­ner.

Mar­i­lyn Min­ter and Christo at thePer­forma gala.

Alessan­dro Michele and Court­ney Love at the Art + Film gala.

A$AP Rocky at the Art + Film gala.

Lana Del Rey at the Art + Fillm gala.

Laure Prou­vost at the Nex­tGen din­ner.

Maria Shara­pova at the Nex­tGen din­ner.

Zoë Kravitz at the Art + Film gala.

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