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L.A.'s new Marciano museum: An opening party in pictures

The Marciano Art Foundation, L.A.’s newest museum, doesn’t open to the public until May 25, but on Saturday it threw a party for about 600 VIPs.

Artists Jim Shaw, Catherine Opie, Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons, among others, mixed with Hollywood stars including Owen Wilson, Sharon Stone and Ryan Seacrest. Musician and artist Kim Gordon, gallerist Larry Gagosian and publisher Benedikt Taschen were there. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director Michael Govan and Museum of Contemporary Art Director Philippe Vergne were too.

They gathered in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown to celebrate the new home for contemporary art from Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano. Guests previewed the museum’s inaugural exhibitions, “Unpacking: The Marciano Collection,” curated by former MOCA senior curator Philipp Kaiser, and “Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum,” the L.A. artist’s first solo West Coast museum show.

The Marciano Art Foundation's opening party on Saturday.
The Marciano Art Foundation's opening party on Saturday. (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)
Artist Takashi Murakami and philanthropist Eli Broad.
Artist Takashi Murakami and philanthropist Eli Broad. (Sansho Scott / BFA.com)
Paul Marciano, Sylvia Chivaratanond, Maurice Marciano and MOCA Director Philippe Vergne.
Paul Marciano, Sylvia Chivaratanond, Maurice Marciano and MOCA Director Philippe Vergne. (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)
Artist Alex Israel, Sharon Stone and art dealers Larry Gagosian and Chrissie Erpf.
Artist Alex Israel, Sharon Stone and art dealers Larry Gagosian and Chrissie Erpf. (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)
Artists Marnie Weber, left, and Kim Gordon with writer Jamie Brisick.
Artists Marnie Weber, left, and Kim Gordon with writer Jamie Brisick. (Sansho Scott / BFA.com)
Jim Shaw.
Jim Shaw. (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)
Marnie Weber and Jim Shaw.
Marnie Weber and Jim Shaw. (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)
Benedikt and Lauren Taschen.
Benedikt and Lauren Taschen. (Sansho Scott / BFA.com)
Garden designer Julie Burleigh and artist Catherine Opie.
Garden designer Julie Burleigh and artist Catherine Opie. (Sansho Scott / BFA.com)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with Paul Marciano, left, and Maurice Marciano.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with Paul Marciano, left, and Maurice Marciano. (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)

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