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Murakami International Premiere at LACMA, Opens New Show at Blum & Poe

Takashi Murakami was at LACMA last week to host the premiere of his new film “Jellyfish Eyes” which some at the screening described as a Japanese “Goonies”. Spotted at the premiere: Jack Black, Eli Broad, Michael Chow, more. The film premiere was timed with his new exhibit “ARHAT’ at Blum & Poe on La Cienega which opened last night on La Cienega, after a dinner hosted by Lauren Taschen and Eva Chow on Thursday. The show runs through May 25.

Takashi Murakami and Jack Black attend Takashi Murakami's international film premiere of Jellyfish Eyes at LACMA on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Jack Black, Takashi Murakami

Tim Blum, Jeffrey Poe and Matt Bangser attend Takashi Murakami's international film premiere of Jellyfish Eyes at LACMA on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Tim Blum, Matt Bangser, Jeffrey Poe

Eli Broad and Edythe Broad attend Takashi Murakami's international film premiere of Jellyfish Eyes at LACMA on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Edythe Broad, Eli Broad

Stanley Kubrick Press Preview at LACMA

“Alex” costume from Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange at LACMA

The exhibit opens Nov. 1 with several previews for members and major donors including a Member’s Preview, Film Independent’s session on Oct. 27 with Stanley Kubrick’s longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, the annual Film + Art Gala at LACMA this Saturday and the Muse Halloween Masquerade Ball on Oct. 31st.

L.A. News: Stanley Kubrick Exhibit Coming to LACMA this Fall

In the vain of last year’s Tim Burton exhibit and opening extravaganza, the museum will bring the work of the acclaimed director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor Stanley Kubrick from November 1, 2012–June 30, 2013. Expect opening parties of sorts.

The Kubrick show covers his career from his early photographs for Look magazine to his film work, represented through annotated scripts, production photos, cameras, costumes and props. It also looks at two projects he never completed, Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. The travelling exhibit originated at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany.

Stanley Kubrick will also be honored at this year’s LACMA Art + Film Gala – now in it’s second year. The gala is set for Oct. 27.  and honors both Kubrick and Ed Ruscha, who also has an exhibit in the fall.  (Ed Ruscha left his long time board position at MOCA last week after the chief curator was voted out).

The gala will once again be by chaired by DiCaprio and Eva Chow, and is sponsored again by Gucci (its creative director, Frida Giannini, will be the night’s host committee chair). Last year’s black-tie Art + Film Gala raised $3 million and honored Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari (who left his board position at MOCA last week along with Ed Ruscha and others after the chief curator was voted out).

Last year’s attendees included Kate Hudson, Jane Fonda, Olivia Wilde, Eli Roth, Julian Schnabel, Gus Van Sant, Bob Iger, Barry Meyer, Jeff Robinov and Harvey Weinstein. Industry names who serve as LACMA trustees in attendance included Brian Grazer, Michael Lynton and Steve Tisch.

via: LACMA, THR, LA Times

Chic Art Party: Costume Council’s Season Gala Finale

When filing out of the elevators from the parking lot at LACMA on a Wednesday night last month, guests were directed left for the LACMA Board Member’s dinner celebrating the museum’s latest exhibit, Levitated Mass, which was officially unveiled in mid-June and is now open to the public, and left for the Costume Council of LACMA’s season finale event celebrating the centennial of Western Costume Company, the historic L.A. costume house that has provided wardrobe to 1000s of Hollywood films including Cleopatra, Gone with the Wind, The Artist, Chicago, Titanic, Zorro, The Wizard of Oz, and more.

Leave it to the genius programming of LACMA’s Costume Council to close out their season by bringing the original iconic costumes worn by Liz Taylor, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Laurel & Hardy, and so on, to stage — and to a cocktail party afterwards where guest mingled with models donning the costumes.

At the “Costume Council of LACMA presents Western Costume Company: The First 100 Years,” a panel of artisans spoke about how the costumes were made – and who wore them in which films. The panel included Western’s head shoemaker Mauricio Osorio (True Grit, Cowboys and Aliens, Captain America), milliner Harry Rotz (Hunger Games, The Alamo, Changeling) and king of it all, the owner of WCC, Bill Haber – as well as costume designers Ellen Mirojnick (Chaplin, Basic Instinct, Wall Street), Carol Ramsey (Mr. & Mrs. Bridges, Meet the Fockers, Surviving Picasso) and Costume Supervisor Jim Tyson (The Right Stuff, Star Trek sequel, Thor).

The Costume Council’s current Chair, Carolyn Wagner, introduced the program inside the Bing theatre, and introduced, Cindy Canzoneri, her successor as Costume Council chair for next season, who will begin duties July 1. The Costume Council’s incoming Chair is no stranger to LACMA; Cindy has been a Costume Council member for years and her husband Tony Canzoneri just completed his term as the Chair of LACMA’s Modern & Contemporary Art Council (MCAC); their Malibu home was featured in Architectural Digest in 2003.

Models were ‘cast’ for the presentation, and many were hand-picked off the workshop floor at the Western Costume Company headquarters in North Hollywood by Bobi Garland who is their head of research and organized the live pageant portion of the event, along with show curator, and costume designer, Bobbie Mannix (Xanadu, Dirty Dancing, Texas Chainsaw). Bobi was given a gift of flowers as she made final touches to the performers backstage, popping her head to say “thank you” to the 600-person audience. A pageant of 50 some odd models proceeding to waltz onto stage in full character. Scarlett O’Hara was with Rhett Butler, Zorro and Robin Hood appeared together in a duel to the death, and for the finale, Dorothy was handed her ruby red slippers from Western Costume Company President, Eddie Marks. Guests exited the auditorium into a festive cocktail reception on the plaza following a parade of models in costume.

Spotted: Costume designers Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Chicago), Arianne Phillips (Madonna, W.E., Walk the Line), Deborah Hopper (who does all of Clint Eastwood’s films for decades), and Janie Bryant (Mad Men) with her husband Peter Yozell (who is Radiohead’s tour manager); D.C. ex-pat Nicole Lombardi, Harrison & Shriftman’s Jason Wanamaker with Jo-Ann Hilton (ex wife of Ronnie Hilton, Paris’ uncle and co-founder of LoadedLashes) and jewelry designer Jared Jamin and partner Carlo Capomazza (SeizeTheGarment) who designed many of the jewels worn in the pageant, Daniel Mayer Selznick (who is the son of Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick, and grandson of MGM’s Louis B. Mayer), photographer Alex Berliner; children’s activist Valerie Sobel, Lois Aldrin (Buzz’s former wife); fashion designers Louis Verdad and Kevan Hall; art patrons William Escalera and Francisco George; Nicole àBeckett (Director of Economic & Business Policy for Mayor Villaraigosa), and Costume Council Board of Directors Carolyn Wagner, Cindy Canzoneri, Ellen Levy-Sarnoff, Greer Saunders, Joni Smith, Betty Leonard, Ricki Ring, Susan Rothenberg, and Elizabeth Matthews, PR Chair for the Costume Council – who wore a custom Louis Verdad dress for the occasion.

This grand finale celebration was presented by the Costume Council and generously sponsored by City National Bank. The new season of Costume Council programs begins in September 2012.

Photo Credits: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages, Andreas Branch/PatrickMcMullan, and The Daily Truffle


The mission of the Costume Council is to expand public awareness of fashion, design, costume and textiles as art – and is the only organization in Los Angeles to bring this type of unique fashion and style programming to its members through curator-led tours, red carpet events, film premieres, designer studio visits, behind-the-scenes previews, lectures, shopping events, cocktail receptions, fashion shows and more. Past events include: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN event, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL sneak peek, JUDITH LEIBER shopping evening and luncheon, BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK film preview, MAD MEN red carpet event, ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON West Coast film premiere. You can attend other amazing events like these by joining the COSTUME COUNCIL of LACMA.

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Alex Berliner shooting for AB Images

Cleopatra costume

(L) Models in 90s look and 80s look , (R) Elizabeth Matthews (wearing Louis Verdad), Louis Verdad, Spanish actress Berenice Noriega

(L) Dawn Moore with Robin Hood, (R) JoAnn Hilton & Jason Wanamaker

(L) Costume designer Deborah Hopper, (R) Carolyn & Robert Wagner

Cleopatra with Western Costume Company president Eddie Marks

Marie Antoinette’s “ship hat”

(L) Laurel Hardy, (R) Robin Hood and Marian costumes from “Men in Tights”

Rhett Butler or our new bff actor Grayson Kelly who was cast for this role

(L) Sheila Tepper, Jim Waterson, Kaye Spilker, (R) Napoleon & his date

(L) Bobi Garland, (R) Zoro

(L) Valerie Sobel, (R) Danny Sarnoff with Joni Smith & Clark Smith

Western Costume Company pageant at LACMA