Stars come out for ‘Dark Night of the Soul’

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A critical mass of beautiful people and film stars at Los Angeles’ Michael Kohn Gallery Friday night set the stage for a quintessentially Hollywood culture clash. The scene looked more a movie premiere than an art opening. But then, the exhibition -- a photo-sound installation titled ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ -- arrives as the result of a collaboration between individuals who aren’t, strictly speaking, fine artists.

Danger Mouse, the Grammy-winning producer/Gnarls Barkley member (real name Brian Burton) and Sparklehorse (a.k.a. the retiring Gothic balladeer Mark Linkous) are responsible for the show’s music. And art-house auteur David Lynch created photographs for the exhibition and its accompanying limited-edition book. Read The Times’ earlier coverage to find out how the project came about.

But their involvement attracted no shortage of boldfaced names to the private opening Friday. In addition to Burton, Lynch and Linkous, on-hand were Ben Stiller, who could be seen chatting with Laura Dern, and Justin Theroux. How’s this for one degree of separation? Theroux co-wrote Stiller’s summer movie hit ‘Tropic Thunder’ but also appears in two of Lynch’s movies, ‘Inland Empire’ and ‘Mulholland Drive.’

Also taking in the work at Kohn’s recently expanded gallery: Heather Graham, Crispin Glover, Zachary Quinto, writer-directors Stephen Gaghan and Werner Herzog, musicians Suzanne Vega and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and hit-making music producer Rick Rubin.


LACMA chief executive Michael Govan and MOCA’s deputy director Ari Wiseman were in attendance as well, although unlike the others, they went unphotographed by paparazzi. Click below to see photos

-- Chris Lee

Top photo: From left: David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse, collaborators on ‘Dark Night of the Soul.’ Credit: Dark Night of the Soul. Second photo: Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, David Lynch and Michael Kohn. Third photo: Laura Dern and Ben Stiller. Fourth photo: Heather Graham and Sissy Spacek. Bottom photos courtesy of Michael Kohn Gallery.