LACMA Art and Film Gala to Feature Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine to Headline LACMA “Art + Film Gala,” Co-Chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow, Honoring Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick, and Including a Special Tribute by Steven Spielberg


Great news for gala-goers: The dynamic British indie rock band Florence and the Machine, led by the extraordinary Florence Welch, is set to perform at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art “Art + Film Gala.”

The band has won  two Brit Awards, which are the British Phonographic Industry’s pop music awards, and been nominated for numerous others, including Grammy, MTV and other Brit Awards. Their debut album, “Lungs,” contains the blockbuster hit, “Dog Days Are Over,” which sold more than 3 million copies.

“(Florence Welch) is right now, She’s a young, contemporary entertainer, and exactly what we wanted,” said gala co-chair Eva Chow. “She’s sensational and so beyond her age as a performer.”

Also co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio, the gala will honor the late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and artist Ed Ruscha. Steven Spielberg will deliver the tribute to the movie legend Kubrick, who directed “Spartacus,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove” and more film classics. Museum chief executive Michael Govan will speak on behalf of Ruscha.

Frida Giannini, creative director of presenting sponsor Gucci, chairs the host committee, which includes  Willow Bay and Bob Iger, Colleen and Bradley Bell, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell, Gabriel and Ramiro Garza, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lyn and Norman Lear, Bryan Lourd and Bruce Bozzi, Jane and Marc Nathanson, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Jane and Terry Semel, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, Wallis Annenberg, Larry Gagosian, David Geffen, Bobby Kotick, Steve Roth, Steve Tisch, and Dasha Zhukova.

Along with artists, social figures and business leaders, last year’s LACMA Art + Film Gala brought in more than the usual share of celebrities for an L.A. charity event. “A lot of the celebrities are friends of the museum. They understand Michael Govan’s vision,” said Chow. “We are in Hollywood and we have the library of film, a great film program and great people involved.”

That film program include the Stanley Kubrick exhibition, which opens to the public Nov. 1, and which gala guests will preview. The Ed Ruscha show will open Sept. 22 and also be available for viewing the night of the gala.

Tickets are priced at $5,000 and $10,000 per person with gala proceeds benefiting the museum’s mission to expand the presence of film at the museum.

Contact Nicole Green for further information at (323) 857-6160 or


Top photo: LACMA Art and Film Gala 2012 to Feature Florence and the Machine with Florence Welch, shown here last summer at Central Park; photo: Neilson Barnard/ Getty Images, courtesy of LACMA)

Center photo: Steven Spielberg will deliver a tribute to the late Stanley Kubrick at the LACMA Art and Film Gala 2012 to Feature Florence and the Machine . (Spielberg is shown here at June’s USC Shoah Foundation Institute Ambassadors for Humanity Gala; photo: Michael Kovac/ Getty Images, courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation)

Bottom photo: LACMA Art and Film Gala 2012 to Feature Florence and the Machine has as its co-chairs Eva Chow, in a Gucci gown, and Leonardo DiCaprio shown here at last year’s LACMA Art + Film Gala (photo by John Shearer/ Getty Images for LACMA)



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LACMA Art and Film Gala to Feature Florence and the Machine

Published Sept. 5, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA