Boy George, Quentin Tarantino, Barbara Kruger,
No, it wasn’t a fever dream. It was the
On Saturday night, LACMA raised a lot of funds, nearly $4 million, in its annual event, which honored two of the great pulp figures of our time who create, as LACMA director Michael Govan put it, "culturally introspective" works.
Artist Kruger turned her experience as a graphic designer at magazines into conceptual art, using culturally critiquing slogans such as, “I shop therefore I am” and “Your body is a battleground.” And filmmaker Tarantino turned his love of movie history into a body of work characterized by satirical, and at times brutal, sendups of neo-noir, spaghetti westerns, martial arts and blaxploitation genres, in such films as “Jackie Brown,” “
The event was sponsored by Gucci, with creative director Frida Giannini as gala co-chair, and co-hosted by DiCaprio and Eva Chow.
Chow said, "I am crazy about both of their work and feel they have so many things in common. They are visually very strong, but they both use words and language mixed into their art. So it just made sense."
A man who knows what he wants.
After dinner, the speeches began. Kruger said of Tarantino, "When watching his films, I have often found myself thinking on many occasions, 'Wow, I wish I had done that.' And I think that's the highest compliment one artist can pay another."
Tarantino returned the compliment, saying he was honored to be celebrating the symbiosis of his and Kruger's work, particularly the way that work speaks for itself and invites individual interpretation. "I love to talk. And I love to talk about movies. I don't really love to talk about my movies. … I want to put the work out there. I don't want to try to decipher it for you. If I have to do that, maybe I didn't do a good enough job," he said.
Many of those not dressed in Gucci chose to represent L.A.’s fashion scene. Govan’s wife, fashion consultant Katherine Ross, wore an emerald green silk halter gown by L.A. designer
And China Chow wore a brown Hershey wrapper gown by Jeremy Scott, the L.A.-based designer who is now the creative director of
"I was looking to get on the worst-dressed list," she joked when asked why she chose the delicious gown. "I don't know, with the iconic logo and pop art, it seemed fitting. Plus it's the day after Halloween. … But I really wore it for Boy George," she winked.
To cap off the night, Boy George and Culture Club reunited onstage for a short set that included old favorites "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon," and, in a nod to Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," the soul classic, "Son of a Preacher Man."
And there was Chow right up front, warming up the crowd and getting us all dancing.