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For its 50th birthday, LACMA gets $675 million in gifts
For its 50th birthday, LACMA gets $675 million in gifts

At major museum galas, certain things are a given: billionaire art collectors socializing with local politicians, society women showing off couture gowns, air-kissing celebrities hopping tables with grace and alacrity. But even the most experienced gala veteran would have to admit that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 50th-anniversary celebration Saturday provided novelties: aerial performance artists from Australia, sparkling pyrotechnics, a doughnut stand for late-night snacking. Mixing the high and the low, the LACMA gala officially marked the museum's first five decades on Wilshire Boulevard with the unveiling of recently donated works of art from longtime supporters....

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