Actress and activist Sharon Stone hosted MOCA’s Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon on Wednesday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where L.A.’s A-list art patrons — Brooke Davenport, Maria Bell, Julia Sorkin and Liz Goldwyn — came out in droves, creating a sea of coiffed ‘dos and body-flaunting dresses.
Now in its eighth year, the event was presented by the MOCA Projects Council and honored four prominent L.A. artists: Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit education programs at the museum.
Stone spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her particular interest in the arts: “I was a kid who studied the arts. I know what it can do — how it can open your mind to all things and how it can cause you to see the world from a world perspective. We now have a global reality and we see the world through artists’ points of view. It’s sort of an unfettered perspective of the world. It’s still one area where people can say what they really feel in an unedited perspective.”
During the event, Stone spoke to the crowd about the impact of the arts on kids, as well as on culture as a whole, and then presented each of the four artists with the MOCA award.
The arguable highlight of the luncheon was a wildly energetic dance/runway show presented by Los Angeles creative collective Just One Eye. Models and professional dancers wearing the collective’s severe leather and chain mail fashions strutted down the catwalk in stunningly choreographed movements while bare-chested male break dancers bounced, flipped and flaunted their stuff to a rapt audience.