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Los Angeles fêtes Tony Kushner and Robert Gober

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Though guests at the Hammer Museum's eleventh annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday night donned formal attire to fête the artists Robert Gober and Tony Kushner, the evening's celebrity presenters and chairmen set a more casual tone. Longtime Kushner friend Viola Davis ditched her heels before paying tribute to her former Juilliard classmate, co-chair Rita Wilson paired her Valentino dress with a J.Crew jacket, and for her part, the crooner K.D. Lang belted out a three-song set—including the hits "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray" and "Hallelujah"—barefoot. Before taking the stage at the Bottega Veneta-sponsored affair (and still sporting shoes), Lang shared her thoughts on Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 play Angels in America. "That was a heavy year," Lang told Style.com. "The play was very important, because the late eighties and early nineties were wrought with homophobia, and Angels really helped to dispel stereotypes and got people to start shifting their outlook."

Spotted among the revelers were Diane Kruger, who arrived with longtime beau Joshua Jackson, co-chair Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta, Will Ferrell, Jodie Foster, China Chow, Richard Buckley, Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg, and Liz Goldwyn, who recounted a recent fashion week mishap. "I was supposed to attend Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent show, was packed, ready, and taking a bath when I looked at my Instagram account and saw a message from someone saying that they were waiting for the show to start. I was so overwhelmed with work that I got the date wrong! It was really embarrassing. But I sent flowers, and everything turned out just fine." As did the rest of the night's festivities—bare feet and all.

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