MOCA Distinguished Women in Arts Awards

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone Presents MOCA Awards to Artists Lita Albuquerque, Nancy Rubins, Helen Pashgian and Betye Saar


The Projects Council of the Museum of Contemporary Art presented the “8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts” to artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar  at one of this year’s best and most fashionable luncheons. 

Click here to read my story in the online fashion section of the Los Angeles Times or look for the story in the printed Image section Nov. 9.  On this page, readers will find more pictures of guests and of the impressive fashion show from Paola Russo’s “Just One Eye” boutique in Los Angeles. A few more thoughts from the day’s host, Sharon Stone, also follow. 

Held Nov. 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, this luncheon is always one of my favorites. At last year’s affair, Maria Shriver came to deliver the tribute to the honoree, world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Over the years, Yoko Ono, Angelica Huston, Twyla Tharp, Tina Brown, artists Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, and arts patron Bea Gersh have all received awards, too. 

Honorees L-R Lita Albuquerque, Nancy Rubins, Betye Saar, Helen Pashgian
As luncheon proceeds from tickets, priced from $275 to $1,000, benefited MOCA’s arts education programs, Stone spoke at length about the need for arts funding and arts education. 

“I went and spoke to Senators. I went and spoke with the White House. I went and spoke all over the Hill,” said Stone, describing a recent journey to Washington, D.C., to campaign for more arts funding.

“Why don’t we understand that arts is a business that is helping this nation grow?” she continued. “We need to understand art as an intellectual product, as a business, and we need to look at it and understand that when we give our children arts, we are helping them.” 

In summing up, she said, “Los Angeles is a deeply creative city, whether it is in film, art, fashion or entertainment,” noting that all of these disciplines were represented at the luncheon.

Regarding the day’s fashion show, I’m happy enough to see the latest designs on models walking down a runway, but in this case, the models struck artistic poses and executed dance moves, accompanied by male models who were as much acrobats as dancers. To give readers an idea, I’ve included a few pictures from the show. 

Ricki Ring, Sharon Stone

Event chair Ricki Ring was joined by honorary co-chairs Maria Hummer-Tuttle, Carolyn Powers, Dallas Price-Van Breda, Catharine Soros and Andrea Van De Kamp; and event committee members Paulette Blumenthal, Alison Greenberg, Marica Harrow, Nancy Koven, Francine Light and Marilyn Resnick.

The more than 600 guests also included artists Chris Burden and Rosson Crow; actors Kate Walsh, Perrey Reeves, Rose McGowan, Olga Kurylenko, Paz de la Huerta and Liberty Ross; museum board co-chairs David Johnson and Maria Arena Bell; and other arts supporters including Jamie McCourt, Cio Soler, Rosette Delug, Carla Sands, Maria Bell, Lauren King, Sydney Holland, Marti Oppenheimer, Liz Goldwyn, Sutton Stracke, NJ Goldston, Mandy Einstein, Christine Chiu, Poppy Delavingne, Eugene Sadovoy, Judy Beckmen, Joy Fein and Linda May.


Top photo: Sharon Stone hosts the MOCA Distinguished Women in Arts Awards luncheon (photo Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage) 

Second photo: MOCA Distinguished Women in Arts Awards went to artists, from left, Lita Albuquerque, Betye Saar, Nancy Rubins, and Helen Pashgian   (photo Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage) 

Third photo: Event chair Ricki Ring, left, with host Sharon Stone at the MOCA Distinguished Women in Arts Awards luncheon  (photo Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage) 

Fourth photo: The dramatic  fashion show from Just One Eye  (photo:



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MOCA Distinguished Women in Arts Awards

Published Nov. 9, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA