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Scene & Heard: Hammer, REDCAT and Annenberg fundraisers

March 19, 2010 |  8:17 pm

Trio Guests listened in on ”A Conversation With Eric Fischl and Steve Martin” as part of a “salon series” at the LA Art House, a West Hollywood gallery with a mission.

Showcasing  new and established artists, the gallery donates 100% of its profits to the “Hammer Projects,” the Hammer Museum’s program of exhibitions by emerging artists. 

A few days later at REDCAT, 220 supporters of the cutting-edge arts venue gathered for the theater’s annual gala, which this year honored philanthropist Tim Disney and artist Glenn Ligon. In supporting the CalArts theater, Disney follows in the footsteps of his great-uncle Walt and his grandparents Roy and Edna. (REDCAT stands for Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.) Ligon is the youngest artist whose work hangs in the Obamas’ living quarters, “with the possible exception of Melia and Sasha,” as actor James Franco pointed out.

In another part of town, this time at the historic Beverly Hills Post Office, nearly 500 people came to peruse architectural plans and witness the groundbreaking for the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  The new arts center will preserve the landmark building, while creating such features as a studio theater, sculpture garden and adjoining 500-seat Goldsmith Theater.

Look for the full report in “Scene & Heard” here and in Sunday’s Image section.

-- Ellen Olivier

Photo: Artist Eric Fischl,  Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin and Steve Martin at LA Art House. Credit: Stefanie Keenan Photography.

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