The Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden (Oct. 14th) honored Oscar nominated filmmaker Ava Duvernay and Pulitzer Prize winning NY Theater critic Hilton Als, was hosted by Bottega Veneta. Ava wore metallic Lamé and cotton blend-paneled shantung wrap Rick Owens Jacket with rose gold sleeveless Audrey dress, what style! Attendees looked amazing and fashion perfect in garments from the house including AW17 and RS18 collections. Ms. Duvernay was introduced by J.J. Abrams and gave a rousing speech directed at men in the wake of the allegations of sexual misconduct against producer Harvey Weinstein. “I won’t focus on men … who develop and dwell in the dark, dangerous places that make the world unsafe for so many women,” said DuVernay, “I will focus on the men I’ve encountered who chose not to use their privilege to diminish but rather to uplift. Tonight, I’m gonna tell a few stories about the good guys — in a spirit of salute, in a spirit of sanctuary, in a spirit of soothing an open wound that has been festering past the point of attention and care.” We can always count on Ava to speak so eloquently with a powerful message.
The annual event raised $2.4 million as quests sat down for a dinner of haricots verts with figs and local goat cheese, chicken with braised leeks and, for dessert, a nectarine tres leches cake by Lucques chef Suzanne Goin. They viewed Hammer’s current exhibition, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985.” Tres appropriate!