ANNUAL MOCA GALA
LA art world A-listers—and a good sprinkling of Tinseltown’s glitterati— converged in Downtown’s Little Tokyo at The Geffen Contemporary MOCA for MOCA’s 38th annual gala in honor of art world bad boy-turned-legend Jeff Koons. With the museum transformed into a vibrant, magenta-hued paean to Koons, complete with oversized Mylar balloons, bright purple carpeting, and chic eats provided by Wolfgang Puck, the evening raised an impressive $3 million-plus to fund the museum’s programs and acquisitions. Presiding over the glam-bam festivities, MOCA’s director, Philippe Vergne, and gala co-chairs, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, welcomed performers John Legend, Miguel, and DJ M.O.S., who rocked the oh-so-cool crowd well into the wee hours.
Billy Al Bengston and Wendy Al Bengston David Gersh, Patricia Arquette, Eric White, and Susan Gersh
Larry Gagosian and Frank Gehry Eli Broad and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz Sylvia Chivaratanond and Carol Appel Sterling Ruby and Melanie Schiff
Lisa and Eric Eisner with Ann Philbin David Appel, Philippe Vergne, Carol Appel, and Maurice Marciano Bruce Karatz and Jeffrey Deitch
Wolfgang and Gelila Assefa Puck with Colleen and Bradley Bell
Vaitiare Hirshon, Maurice Marciano, and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz with Jeff and Justine Wheeler Koons