Hammer Museum's Gala in the Garden to Honor Visionaries Todd Haynes and Laurie Anderson
The event is scheduled for Oct. 8 at the museum in partnership again with Bottega Veneta.
The Hammer Museum's Gala in the Garden — an annual event that puts two creatives together for honors in front of a fashionable crowd — has selected filmmaker Todd Haynes and all-around-artist Laurie Anderson for its 2016 edition.
Bottega Veneta returns for a fourth time as presenting sponsor of the gala, now in its 14th year and scheduled for Oct. 8 at the contemporary art museum in Westwood. Also back on board are Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, who will serve as co-chair, and Lucques' chef Suzanne Goin, who will supervise the night's menu. Not yet set: tribute speakers and celebrity attendees.
But expect those to be A-list. The Gala in the Garden, which "recognizes visionary individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts," per the Hammer, always pulls a notable and eclectic crowd that mixes Tinseltown stars, iconic artists and civic leaders. Last year's event honored Diane Keaton and Paul McCarthy and pulled in $2.5 million for the museum. In previous years, honorees have included Mark Bradford, Joni Mitchell, Tony Kushner, Barbara Kruger, Matt Groening, Miuccia Prada, John Baldessari, Joan Didion, Ed Ruscha and Frank Gehry.
Haynes' most recent film, Carol, came out in 2015 and earned six Oscar nominations, including mentions for actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Born in Los Angeles, the filmmaker made a splash with his directorial debut, Poison, in 1991. That film went on to win the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and he has continued to turn heads and earn accolades ever since. Haynes' other films include Safe, starring Julianne Moore; Velvet Goldmine, starring Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale; Far From Heaven, also starring Moore, and the Bob Dylan-inspired I'm Not There with Blanchett.
It's a challenge to condense the multifaceted career of Anderson. She is pegged as a creative pioneer and one that has worked across many fields including art, film, literature, music and theater, though her beginnings date back to performance art. In music, she had a successful single in the U.K. with “O Superman," and her films include Home of the Brave and Heart of a Dog. Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA, which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance “The End of the Moon." In 2007, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her contribution to the arts, and in 2008, she completed a two-year worldwide tour of her performance piece, “Homeland."
Anderson, who lives in New York, recently finished residencies at both CAP at UCLA and EMPAC in Troy, N.Y.