The party started off with red carpet entry and cocktails. I waited in line for the red carpet moment while Tom Hanks stood patiently behind me. During the cocktail hour, after squeezing past Sean Penn to grab a glass of champagne, I had a great spot close to the New Orleans jazz band where Evan Rachel Wood took the stage to sing. She has a great voice and a sultry persona on stage. It was a nice segue to exiting and heading to dinner.
We packed into the large space for dinner for 550 guests, with long rectangular tables filling the space. I rather liked that the decor was to a minimum. All glassed in, the space gave views of the incredible campus that is LACMA - and I always like when guests are almost forced to remember why they are there. Raising money for a County museum that provides programming to countless visitors and students each year. The table decor was very simple, with small floral arrangements mimicking the stage background of flowers, a la Christian Dior's wall of flowers at the SS 2013 Couture show in Paris.
|Ruscha's "The Back of the Hollywood Sign" 1977|
|"The Standard" 1966|
Tom Hanks took the stage next, introducing the great Steven Spielberg. Hanks was funny and comfortable, and he was able to relax the audience even more. And of course Spielberg was just exquisite as he spoke about the great Stanley Kubrick, telling stories of their early days together as directors. I felt as if I had entered the secret Hollywood club that I should never be allowed into. Spielberg's admiration for Kubrick was apparent, and he seemed to really glow while talking about his relationship with Kubrick. The night just got even more powerful when Kubrick's widow, Christiane Kubrick, spoke about his process of film and its simplistic genius. To be within twenty feet of all of these artists was an honor and something not to be forgotten.
|Florence, on stage with the Dior-esque back drop|
|With Monique Lhullier and hubby Tom Bugbee, both of us in Lhullier|
|Can't forget our Feathered Friend, Cameron Silver: best looking table there!|
|Steps to the courtyard|
|Dessert, champagne, scotch and cognac outside in the courtyard|
I left with the DVD Collection of Kubrick. First on the list: Barry Lyndon that I've never seen...
|Ruscha, "The End" acrylic on canvas 1991|