CalArts REDCAT Gala
The event: Stylized maps of L.A.’s artistic landscape, folded into the origami square “fortune tellers” familiar from the children’s game, floated high overhead at the Mar. 14 REDCAT Gala, which honored artist Gabriel Orozco; Jamie Lynton, founder of the LA School Report; and Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. REDCAT — the Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater — is the California Institute of the Arts’ experimental arts venue in downtown Los Angeles.
The scene: DJ Carlos Niño provided music, a brass band heralded dinner and a closer look at the surfaces of the folded art installation revealed words, such as “dreams,” “provocative,” “layered” and “sensual.” Architects Bojana Banyasz and Donatella Cusma of Claret-Cup described their artwork, “Folded Beauty,” as a representation of the city. “When you’re first here, you see nothing,” said Banyasz. “Then [the city] starts sparkling.”
The program: Lauren Weedman of HBO’s “Looking” acted as the night’s host, artist Gabriel Kuri presented Orozco’s award and co-chair Tim Disney thanked donors. (Disney is a filmmaker and chair of the CalArts board. His great-grandfather Roy O. Disney and great-uncle Walt Disney co-founded CalArts.) Co-chair Neda Disney, Tim Disney’s wife, followed to introduce singer/songwriter Aimee Mann…
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As an aside, of all the galas I attend, this one always seems to have the most original decor. Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise as REDCAT relies on talented artists each year to create the ambiance.
Jamie Lynton expressed the sentiment best when she talked of the the room’s transformation into a beautiful piece of art. “We’re sitting inside a theater right now and we actually feel like we’re inside some artist’s head,” she said.
The entertainment, too, is invariably unique. One year, the performer asked the audience to join in for bird calls. This year, recording artist Aimee Mann charmingly checked to see if her introducer remembered to call her a goddess and then wondered about the sentiment in her first two numbers: “Little Bombs” and “Save Me.”
“I feel somehow that I’ve been asked specifically to bring you down for some reason,” she said, suggesting the audience “order another round.”
Top photo: The ambiance at the CalArts REDCAT Gala (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for REDCAT Gala 2015)
Second photo: Aimee Mann performed a mini-concert at the CalArts REDCAT Gala (Photo by Steve Gunther for REDCAT)
Third photo: Artist Gabriel Kuri, left, presented the award to artist Gabriel Orozco pose at the CalArts REDCAT Gala (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for REDCAT Gala 2015)
Fourth photo: From left, Jane Kaczmarek presented the award to honorees Jamie Lynton and Michael Lynton at the CalArts REDCAT Gala (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for REDCAT Gala 2015)
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Published Mar. 16, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, SocietyNewsLA.com