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LACMA’s star-jammed Art + Film Gala and how it signals a turning point for the museum and the city

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s sixth annual Art + Film Gala got off to a glamorously languid start.

Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” installation glowed brilliantly against an inky blue sky, creating painterly palm tree silhouettes along Wilshire Boulevard as a stream of black cars rolled up to the museum, depositing art world and fashion figures, civic leaders and A-list celebrities onto the red carpet.

Then came the scream. 

The communal, cacophonous cry came from across the boulevard, a greeting from the mostly female fans of pop artist Børns as he appeared in a flowy, silk pantsuit.

Photographers closed in around the star, flashbulbs popping.

“Gay-la? Gah-la? Which is it?” Børns asked, tucking a loose strand of hair behind his ear.

It was the 24-year-old’s first museum gala and he wanted to get it right.


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