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.