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The decked-out guests at LACMA’s fifth annual Art + Film Gala in November may be among the first people to hear the next James Bond theme performed up close. That’s because Sam Smith — whose new song “Writing’s On The Wall” will be featured in the upcoming 007 film Spectre — will be the musical attraction at the yearly fundraiser, the museum announced today.
Smith will join already-revealed honorees Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and artist James Turrell at the Nov. 7 gala, which brings together the film and art worlds in one gathering to raise funds for the museum and its film-related programming and exhibitions.
“It’s a nice crossover to the film world that Sam Smith is doing the new Bond song. It’s nice timing,” said LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan on Wednesday. Previous performers at the gala have included Stevie Wonder and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. “Each gala has had its own special character,” Govan said. “Florence was really good and then I took her on a tour of the museum after the gala. She had her shoes off and we did a barefoot tour.” He then clarified: “I wasn’t barefoot.”
Gucci, which returns for the fifth year as the event’s presenting sponsor, is tight with Smith, who regularly wears the brand’s clothes, including a black suit at this year’s Grammys. He’ll join the event’s usual crowd of Gucci-bedecked guests, who last year included Jennifer Lopez, honorees Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino, Amy Adams, Evan Rachel Wood, Selena Gomez and James Franco. The night will also be a sort of L.A. coming-out party for new Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, who took over the house from Frida Giannini late last year and who will undoubtedly enjoy the opportunity to connect with Hollywood at the start of awards season.
“There are so many L.A. events but this one is so unique in bringing all of these different worlds together,” Govan said.
This year, Leonardo DiCaprio will return for the fifth year as co-chair (with Eva Chow) of the fundraiser. “He gets excited about it each time,” Govan said. Hollywood power couples on the host committee include Willow Bay and Bob Iger, Cassandra and Brad Grey, Lyn and Norman Lear, Bryan Lourd and Bruce Bozzi, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Steve Tisch and Katia Francesconi and Laura and Casey Wasserman. Last year’s gala raised nearly $4 million for the museum.
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