LACMA honors Martin Scorsese and David Hockney
Two years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio hosted the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's inaugural Art + Film gala. He was back in action at the museum on Saturday night, only this time the annual benefit was honoring his frequent collaborator (and director of their upcoming release, The Wolf of Wall Street) Martin Scorsese and British artist David Hockney. Presented by Gucci and co-chaired by Eva Chow, the evening brought out a glittering guest list including Robert Downey Jr. , Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, and Salma Hayek. James Franco, who is the face of Gucci's Made to Measure campaign, arrived arm in arm with the house's creative director, Frida Giannini. The evening raised $4.1 million for LACMA.
Before sitting down for dinner and a performance by Sting, Amber Valletta caught up with Amy Adams, and Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen exchanged notes with John C. Reilly. On view was David Hockney: Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, 2011, and Agnès Varda in Californialand. The evening also celebrated the museum's new collaboration with Scorsese's Film Foundation to preserve four films by Varda, an 85-year-old French filmmaker. "I've heard from so many people from New York and Europe say that L.A. is where art is right now," designer Jenni Kayne remarked, surveying the scene. "Amazing artists are moving here, and it's contributing to this new culture."
Still, Hollywood will always rule L.A., and inevitably talk turned to Scorsese's most memorable movies. Josh Duhamel told Style.com, "The list goes on and on." But Zoe Saldana had a very specific Scorsese scene in mind. "It was in Taxi Driver, when he [makes a cameo and] is sitting in the back of the taxicab. I remember watching that when I was a little girl and being completely petrified."