The event: The Hammer Museum’s “Gala in the Garden” on Saturday night honoring playwright-screenwriter Tony Kushner and artist Robert Gober with tributes by
The scene: Capped by a performance by k.d. lang, formal ceremonies began as
The setting: Guests sipped cocktails on the balcony, stopping into the galleries to survey the new exhibitions before adjourning to the courtyard, illuminated for dinner with hundreds of white candles and strands of amber light bulbs crisscrossing beneath the open sky.
An arty mix: Artists, A-list celebrities, art collectors, philanthropists, gallery owners and others included actors
Quotes of note: “Joseph Campbell said it’s privilege of a lifetime to be who you are,” Davis said after ascending to the podium barefoot. “So I’m going to be who I am, and I’m going to take my shoes off.”
On accepting his award, Kushner — a Pulitzer and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee — said, “It’s so nice to fly to Los Angeles for an award I’m 100% certain I’m going to win.”
The final score: Museum director Ann Philbin announced proceeds of $2 million, owing to tickets priced at $1,500 and tables ranging upward to $75,000.
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[For the record, 12:58 p.m. Oct. 7: A previous version of this post had an incorrect spelling for Tomas Maier.]