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The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. is turning 40, and the institution is celebrating in style with a glitzy bash at New York's 4 World Trade Center on November 9. The reasoning for the location: fundraising is expected to be on a scale the museum has never previously seen.

Guests will gather to honor 40 of the world's most significant contemporary artists in recognition of the role they played not only in shaping the Hirshhorn Museum's legacy, but also the contemporary cultural landscape of present-day America.

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“The end of boring art, the pelicans in the desert… Carrots. And parrots. Green peas… The art historian Clement Greenberg. All the drugs driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. God. God's nose."

What do all the things in this odd-sounding inventory have in common? Artist John Baldessari, of course. This list is a distillation of MOCA director Philippe Vergne's enthusiastic tribute speech at Saturday night's edition of the museum's annual fundraising gala, this time with Baldessari as its guest of honor.

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With his dark eyes and wavy bronze hair, a monumental head of “Eros,” the Greek god of love, is destined to be a signature attraction at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where it was temporarily installed this week.

The museum is asking the public to help pay for the $1 million sculpture by Polish-born Igor Mitoraj in celebration of the museum’s 100th birthday this year.

It has already raised more than $300,000 and is hoping to raise the rest in contributions of any size — including pennies from kids. There will be donation boxes in the museum, a dedicated website, cellphone links and special events during a gala weekend June 26-28.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:47

LACMA Exhibits Recent Gifts

"Gratitude is the theme of our 50th anniversary," Michael Govan, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's chief executive, said at the media preview for the new exhibit "50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA's Anniversary."

The show, which is in member previews this week and opens to the public Sunday, follows a star-studded celebratory gala on April 18 that raised $5 million and featured a performance by Seal. The "50 for 50" exhibit showcases more than $675 million in gifted art from patrons including LACMA trustees Jane Nathanson and Lynda Resnick.

"There's nothing better than knowing that the big gala fundraiser is lasting in the form of '50 for 50,'" Govan said.

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On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrated the museum’s 50th anniversary at a special fundraising gala, co-chaired by LACMA trustees Ann Colgin, Jane Nathanson, and Lynda Resnick. The evening welcomed approximately 750 guests and raised $5 million, the proceeds of which will benefit the museum’s programming and acquisitions. LACMA’s 50th Anniversary Gala was sponsored by Christie’s.

In honor of the occasion, Mrs. Nathanson and Mrs. Resnick gifted significant works of art to the museum’s collection; in addition, the two trustees led a campaign encouraging other patrons to donate or bequeath major artworks to LACMA.

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Pier Sixty was at least a bit calmer last night than the name of the evening’s main event would suggest. The MAD Gala was a lively scene, but more notable for the refinement of its revelers than any chaotic debauchery on their behalf.

But that’s fitting, after all, since the Museum of Arts and Design has recently sought to bring a more cohesive unity to the two wide-ranging charges to which the institution owes its name. Director Glenn Adamson, who has now been with the institution for just over a year, has worked to bridge the arts and design elements of MAD’s programming with a renewed focus on craft, and craftspeople. One need look no further than the museum’s current survey of emerging designers and craftspeople from Latin America to find his vision put in place.

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Barbara Babcock Millhouse has given a painting by one of American art’s most distinguished abstract expressionist artists to Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Allison Perkins, museum executive director, revealed “Birth,” a large-scale oil painting by Lee Krasner to an audience of more than 300 at the museum’s annual black-tie fundraising gala on Friday night.

The painting is on view in the museum’s exhibition “Love and Loss." The show examines the power of art to transform individual loss into expressions of shared experience.

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The Hammer Museum will fete Los Angeles visual artist Mark Bradford and singer Joni Mitchell at its annual gala scheduled for Oct. 11. The Gala in the Garden is a key fundraiser for the Westwood museum, which raised $2 million at last year's event.

Hammer officials said that the couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will serve as co-chairs of the gala. The event is also being chaired by Danna and Ed Ruscha, and Tomas Maier. Proceeds from the gala will support museum exhibitions and public programming.

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On Saturday, July, 12, the Parrish Art Museum welcomed over 1,000 guests, including artists, business leaders, and philanthropists, to its Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in Water Mill, New York. The museum’s annual fundraising soiree, which was hosted by museum director Terrie Sultan, raised an unprecedented $1.25 million for the institution.

The Parrish’s light and airy home, which opened in  2012, was styled by the New York City-based studio Ron Wendt Design. The decor was inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s painting, “Amagansett Diptych #1,” a richly-hued beach scene made up of delicately woven, grid-like brushstrokes.

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Pablo Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso, will raffle off Man in the Opera Hat (1914) to raise funds for the International Association to Save Tyre. The Lebanese city of Tyre is a UNESCO World Heritage site whose history goes back to ancient Phoenicia.

Picasso will sell 50,000 raffle tickets for $135 a piece and a winner will be drawn during an event at Sotheby’s in Paris on December 18. The market value of the small Cubist gouache is said to be around $1 million. The raffle money will go towards creating an arts center and educational institute in Tyre, which has been severely damaged by decades of military conflict.

Picasso will travel to New York in December with the work to promote the raffle. To date, 40,000 raffle tickets have been sold. 

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