Institute of Contemporary Art Inaugural Gala Bruncheon, LA

Carrie Mae Weems, Still from A Woman's Journey, 2004

Affair: Institute of Contemporary Art Inaugural Gala Bruncheon

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
12–1PM Arrivals with Bellini and mimosa cocktails
1–3PM Program and bruncheon

Hot Spot: Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 1717 E. Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) will host the museum’s inaugural gala bruncheon and will honor acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems for her distinguished contribution to contemporary art. The gala bruncheon will be the first event in ICA LA’s new, 12,7000-square-foot home in Downtown Los Angeles, designed by wHY under the creative leadership of Kulapat Yantrasast.

ICA LA’s event recognizes Weems’ extraordinary accomplishments, including her dual commitment to art and social justice, which echo the museum’s mission and values. The gala program will include a welcome by ICA LA’s Executive Director, Elsa Longhauser. Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will give a special introduction to Carrie Mae Weems, and a video tribute edited by Nikita Gale will be presented.

The occasion will provide guests a preview of the museum before its official September opening, and an opportunity for ICA LA to celebrate the supporters who are championing its future.

The family-style, brunch menu will be prepared by Winsome’s Chef de Cuisine Matt Bollinger.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) will open in September 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles. The ICA LA’s revelatory exhibitions of work by international artists, dynamic public programs, and inclusive community partnerships will reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and the world, fostering critique of the familiar and empathy with the different.

Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), the ICA LA is one of few kunsthalles— non-collecting museum—in the United States. The museum is opening in a 12,700-square-foot industrial building that includes ample spaces for exhibitions, public programs, offices and a café, designed by the architectural firm wHY under the leadership of Kulapat Yantrasast. ICA LA will build on the distinguished history of SMMoA, a museum that fostered artistic experimentation with bold curatorial choices and often presented the first West Coast solo exhibitions of artists who went on to celebrated stature.

ICA LA supports art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other. The museum will nourish the community through the arts: educating the eye, stimulating the intellect, and nurturing the life of the mind and the spirit. ICA LA is committed to making contemporary art relevant and accessible for all. As always, admission is free.

Who You May Spot: Carrie Mae Weems

Hint For The Average Socialite: Ticket prices begin at $500. For further program information and to purchase tickets, contact or 310-284-8100.

The museum will open September 2017.

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