LACMA Names 2014 Art+Film Gala Honorees

  • LOS ANGELES, California
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  • August 14, 2014

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Artist Barbara Kruger

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to announce the date and honorees of its 2014 Art+Film Gala. On Saturday, November 1, notables from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries will unite at LACMA to honor artist Barbara Kruger and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Celebrating its fourth year, the 2014 Art+Film Gala is co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who continue to champion the museum’s film initiatives. Gucci once again shows its invaluable support as the presenting sponsor of the annual event, with Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini as Gala Host Committee Chair.

"LACMA is the intersection of art and film in Los Angeles," said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. "In the last four years we have mounted eight film exhibitions, collaborated with the Academy and Film ndependent, and honored some of the greatest artists and filmmakers of our time. Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino have both created indelible, unforgettable images which will spark imaginations for years to come."

Gala Co-Chair Eva Chow added, "The Art+Film Gala has become one of the most fabulous events of the year in Los Angeles, the creative capital of the world—all in support of the museum's efforts to bring art and film to the public."

Quentin Tarantino

Barbara Kruger’s career has spanned over 40 years. Known internationally for her iconic and provocative body of work, including I Shop Therefore I Am (1987), Your Body is a Battleground (1989), and Too Big to Fail (2012), among others. She has created the immersive multi-channel video installations Twelve (2004) and The Globe Shrinks (2011) in addition to large scale images in public places. Her pictures and words have appeared in massive room wraps at museums and galleries worldwide. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Medal at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

Through ironic appropriation of words, and imagery, Kruger deploys the conventions of mass communication in order to challenge the often manipulative logic at work in the language of advertising, television, film, digital platforms, and other media. This is most evident in Kruger’s careful skewing of familiar idioms to generate doubt, laughter, and outrage. The work plays around with issues of power, pleasure, pain, desire, and mortality, and creates commentary about the flow of capital and the anthropologies at work in cultures and sub-cultures in and out of the so-called “art world”.

With his vibrant imagination and dedication to richly layered storytelling, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation. Tarantino’s most recent film Django Unchained was his highest-grossing project to date, featuring an all-star cast including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. 

For more information about the 2014 Art+Film Gala tickets and table sales, contact or 323.932.5878.

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