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LACMA Announces 2023 Art+Film Gala Honoring Artist Judy Baca And Filmmaker David Fincher

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces the date and honorees of its 2023 Art+Film Gala. On Saturday, November 4, LACMA will honor Judy Baca and David Fincher. LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have championed the museum’s film initiatives since 2011, and will continue their efforts as the 2023 Art+Film Gala Co-Chairs. Gucci continues its invaluable partnership with the museum as the presenting sponsor of the annual event. Additional support for the gala is provided by Audi.

The 12th Annual Event, Held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, Is Co-Chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio and Presented by Gucci

“Judy Baca is one of the most important American artists working today. Drawing inspiration from her hometown of Los Angeles, Baca gives permanence to local histories through her monumental artworks, such as The Great Wall of Los Angeles. We are thrilled to honor Judy for her achievements, for her commitment to public art, and for her impact in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and beyond,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “Through his award-winning films, David Fincher tells compelling stories and sheds light on human psychology. His unique vision pulls audiences deeper into his cinematic world. We look forward to honoring Judy and David this November and celebrating the important role that art and film plays in telling human stories.”

The museum is pleased to announce that new work by Judy Baca will debut in a solo exhibition opening this fall at LACMA.

“We look forward to celebrating Judy Baca and David Fincher’s careers and accomplishments at this year’s Art+Film Gala,” said Gala Co-Chair Eva Chow. “Since the inception of this event, Gucci has been our longstanding partner and we’re grateful for their continued support.”

Proceeds from the annual Art+Film Gala go toward underwriting LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming, while also funding LACMA’s broader mission. This includes exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming that explore the intersection of art and film.

2023 Art+Film Honorees

More on Judy Baca

As one of America’s leading visual artists, Dr. Judy Baca has created public art for four decades. In 1974, Baca founded the City of Los Angeles’s first mural program, which produced over 400 murals, employed thousands of local participants, and evolved into an arts organization—the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). She continues to serve as SPARC’s artistic director while promoting social justice and participatory public art projects. Her most well-known work is The Great Wall of Los Angeles. Located in the San Fernando Valley, the mural spans half a mile and is still a work in progress that is engaging another generation of youth. The mural-making process has exemplified community involvement, employing more than 400 youth and their families from diverse social and economic backgrounds, artists, oral historians, and scholars. In 2017 The Great Wall of Los Angeles received national recognition on the National Registry of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Baca is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for the expansion of The Great Wall. Most recently, she was honored with the 2021 National Medal of Arts. Baca makes art shaped by an interactive relationship of history, people, and place. Her public artworks focus on revealing and reconciling peoples’ struggles for their rights and affirming the community’s connections to place. Together, she co-creates “sites of public memory.”

More on David Fincher

A leading figure in contemporary cinema, David Fincher is an award-winning filmmaker known for his meticulous craftsmanship and distinctive visual style. Fincher’s notable feature films include Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Gone Girl (2014), Panic Room (2002); and Mank (2020). In addition to his films, Fincher’s creative oeuvre includes directing commercials, music videos, and television shows, including House of Cards (2013–18) and Mindhunter (2017–19).

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By ML staff. Images Courtesy Of Judy Baca, photo by Todd Gray; David Fincher, photo by Michael Avedon


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