If you ever want to do some celeb spotting, and have an extra $5,000 lying around, I suggest you buy a seat at the annual Museum of Contemporary Art Gala in Los Angeles. Every celebrity you can think of, from the supposedly pregnant Rachel Zoe to the always flawless Gwen Stefani, put on their fanciest black tie to raise nearly $3 million for the museum on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Times revealed that artist Doug Aitken renamed the Gala a “happening” and made some quirky changes to the normal procession: drummers lined the entrance wearing sweatshirts that read things like “big, hot and beautiful”, and a chorus of country auctioneers performed alongside percussionists, playing on hollowed out dining tables at the end of the night. I would expect nothing less coming from a contemporary art “happening”.
Performers included Caetano Veloso, Beck, and Devendra Banhart, and guests received a book by Doug Aitken and a gift bag from Chanel, one of the sponsors. According to these pictures inside the happening, Kristen Dunst, Chloë Sevigny, and Will Ferrell seemed to enjoy themselves, but one anonymous guest said she preferred last year’s gala, which included a performance by Lady Gaga. Do you think the event was worth the $5,000 price tag?