Sting to Perform at LACMA's Annual Art + Film Gala


While his role as lead vocalist in the rock band The Police lead him to fame, Sting began a successful solo career in 1985. While he has released 10 studio albums, Sting also has found time to act in several films and work on soundtracks for several others. In addition to his role in the entertainment industry, Sting has been known for his activism in human rights and other social issues.

The Grammy Award–winning British singer will play at the museum's annual fundraiser on Nov. 2.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has tapped Sting to perform at its Art + Film Gala on Saturday,
Nov. 2. The annual event, now in its third year, supports the museum's initiative to make film a more central part of its exhibitions. Last year's fundraiser, honoring artist Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick, raised $3.5 million.

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Co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and museum trustee Eva Chow, this year's Art + Film Gala will honor artist David Hockney and Martin Scorsese. The museum will present a new film installation of Hockney's work, Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, to coincide with the gala.

This year's gala also celebrates LACMA's collaboration with The Film Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation, which helped in the restoration of four films from French filmmaker Agnes Varda: 1967's Uncle Yanco, 1968's Black Panthers, 1969's Lions Love and 1981's Mur Murs. An exhibition, Agnes Varda in Californialand (Nov. 3–June 22) will honor Varda.

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"Sting is one of my heroes," said gala host committee chair Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, in a statement. "When he is on stage, his presence is undeniably captivating."

Sting will release his 14th solo album, The Last Ship, on Sept. 24. The album was inspired by his upcoming play of the same name, which will begin its Broadway run in 2014.

Opening adjacent to LACMA in the same Wilshire building is the new Academy Museum, slated for a 2017 reveal.