The Art of Elysium 2015 Gala

The Art Of Elysium And Samsung Galaxy Present Marina Abramovic's HEAVEN - Inside
Amber Heard Honored at “Heaven” – The Art of Elysium 2015 Gala

Johnny Depp Helps Handle the Hefty Trophy

 

The event: The Art of Elysium’s 8th annual Heaven Gala on Jan. 10 wasn’t an “event,” organization founder Jennifer Howell told Hollywood A-listers, up-and-comers and other VIPs who attended.

“This is an experience,” Howell said, as the group lounged on pairs of beds wearing dappled gray robes supplied by Costume National, while taking in artist Marina Abramovic’s idea of paradise on earth — a state of consciousness where light and dark meet — inside Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport.

The experience: Samsung passed out noise-canceling headphones at the entry, so that guests could enjoy a “Silent Party” — at least …

 

Click here to read my whole story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. Scroll down this page to the gallery below to see more pictures. 

The Art Of Elysium And Samsung Galaxy Present Marina Abramovic's HEAVEN - Silent Cocktail Hour
As a side note, Costume National’s dappled gray robes, handed out as part of the artistic experience, came in handy, as the day’s rains – so rare this year in Southern California – continued throughout the gala, causing the red carpet to feel like a wet sponge underfoot and making the short journey to the restrooms impossible to accomplish without getting wet.

Hairdos may have wilted, but at least the robes protected the night’s very glamorous evening gowns.

 

Top photo: Johnny Depp and fiancee Amber Heard, honored with the “Spirit of Elysium” Award at The Art of Elysium Gala 2015, presented by the charity and Samsung Galaxy  (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images  for Art of Elysium)

Second photo: From left, model Jessica Roffey, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and The Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell in their Samsung Level noise-canceling headphones at the silent Perrier-Jouet champagne reception at The Art of Elysium 2015 Gala (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images  for Art of Elysium)

The Art Of Elysium And Samsung Galaxy Present Marina Abramovic's HEAVEN - Silent Cocktail Hour
Third photo: Recording artists Moby and Usher at The Art of Elysium 2015 Gala, presented by the charity and Samsung Galaxy (Photo by Jason Kempin/ Getty Images  for Art of Elysium)

Fourth photo: James Franco in his Costume National robe with The Art of Elysium 2015 Gala’s creative visionary Marina Abramovic  (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images  for Art of Elysium) 

 

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The Art of Elysium 2015 Gala

Published Jan. 13, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA