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Billie Eilish, Kim Kardashian turn heads at LACMA: Photos

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has seen the light — at the end of the tunnel, that is.

The museum held its 11th annual Art + Film Gala on Saturday night, a starry affair with co-chairs Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio that drew artists and celebrities, museum leaders and movie producers, along with other art world and Hollywood power players.

At the start of dinner, museum director Michael Govan told the crowd that construction of LACMA’s new Peter Zumthor-designed building is now 50% complete. The museum’s $750-million fundraising campaign has hit the $700-million mark. The gala was the museum’s most successful to date, raising more than $5.1 million.

Honoree Park Chan-wook, Eva Chow, Honoree Helen Pashgian and LACMA director Michael Govan pose in formalwear.

Honoree Park Chan-wook, left, LACMA Art + Film Gala co-chair Eva Chow, honoree Helen Pashgian and LACMA director Michael Govan.

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“We’re 50% done,” Govan told the crowd. “Our leader, Elaine Wynn, said the other day: ‘Some people thought we were half-baked and now we’re half done.”

Heading into dinner earlier, Govan told The Times that the museum was now “unstuck.”

“It’s been a tough few years, not just for LACMA but everyone. The closures. So coming back, having the construction project get out of the ground and gain traction, finally we’re moving forward quickly,” he said. “There is a sense of, metaphorically with COVID and everything, digging out of the hole and finally being able to see the light.”

Light permeated the evening, which was honoring 88-year-old Light and Space movement artist Helen Pashgian and South Korean film director Park Chan-wook.

Olivia Wilde in a sparkly striped gown and red arm length gloves.

Olivia Wilde attends the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)

During the cocktail hour, a canopy of towering construction cranes from the museum’s building project loomed over the Smidt Welcome Plaza, glowing in the moonlight. Rose-tinted party lights bathed the plaza’s purple carpet, which saw the arrival of Billie Eilish, Kim Kardashian, Simu Liu, Idris Elba, Paris Hilton, Park Hae-il, Quinta Brunson, Kim Min-jung, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Olivia Wilde, Julia Garner and Jared Leto, among others.

Pashgian said she’d been inspired by light since she was a child. She’s working on a new luminescent piece, she said, which will go on view at LACMA in the spring. The evening’s honor, she said, was especially meaningful to her because she was sharing it with director Park.

“He’s a fantastic filmmaker,” she said. “And what’s interesting, film and art are different disciplines, they live in different worlds, but I see [a connection] through light, which they both use in various ways.”

Lauren Halsey, guest and Christine Y. Kim

Lauren Halsey, guest and Christine Y. Kim attend the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

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Other artists in attendance included Henry Taylor, Mark Bradford, Tacita Dean, Tanya Aguiñiga, Catherine Opie, Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Calida Rawles, Victoria Fu, Martine Syms, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Jonas Wood, Charles Gaines and Lauren Halsey.

Swiss architect Zumthor was in attendance as well, and he appeared somewhat relieved regarding the building’s progress. “It’s coming along as I wanted it to be,” he said. “But if it’s not good, it’s my mistake!” The tower cranes outside, he added, appeared “alive and beautiful, all lit up.”

Opie passed by, giving Zumthor a double thumbs up: “I love the 50%,” she said. “I’m all about the 50%!”

Salma Hayek and Kardashian were in the throes of an intense conversation during dinner, but they took a break to chat with The Times about the brightness of the L.A. art scene.

“L.A. keeps growing, the art world, it keeps moving this way,” Hayek said. “A lot of people thought it would be momentary, but no. It’s amazing.”

Kardashian said she’d recently started her journey as an art collector. “I’m notoriously known for having the most minimalistic art style,” she said, adding that she’s acquired works by Lucio Fontana and Cy Twombly. “I learned from the best here at LACMA.”

Kim Kardashian puckers up while wearing a skintight leather body suit.

Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 LACMA Art + Film gala.

(Presley Ann/Getty Images for LACMA)

After dinner, Elton John, who’s been on a Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, took the stage outside, performing “Rocket Man,” “Your Song,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and other hits on a crimson red grand piano. The latter was dedicated to Taron Egerton, he said, one of his best friends, also in attendance, who portrayed John in the film “Rocketman.” John closed out his set with “I’m Still Standing.”

Outside on Wilshire Boulevard, a throng of fans were still standing as well, waiting for a glimpse of their favorite stars as the evening wound to a close.

 Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford wrapped in a blank and pose for a photo.

Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford attend the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

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Suddenly, they let loose a cacophonous roar. “Billie, Billie!” they yelled at Eilish as she climbed into a black SUV.

The museum’s “Urban Light” installation illuminated the sidewalk. The purple carpet sparkled with gold fringe, shiny cobalt sequins and silver sparkles as the crowd headed home.

Here are more photos from the evening:

Paris Hilton wears a black gown with her bare midriff, a leg and a hip showing.

Paris Hilton attends the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)

Caroline Daur wears a red feathery gown.

Caroline Daur attends the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Presley Ann/Getty Images for LACMA)

Sabrina Dhowre Elba and Idris Elba wear black formalwear.

Sabrina Dhowre Elba and Idris Elba attend the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)

Quinta Brunson in a light green gown.

Quinta Brunson attends the 2022 LACMA Art +Film Gala.

(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)

Ethan Torchio, Thomas Raggi, Victoria De Angelis and Damiano David of Maneskin wear black outfits.

Ethan Torchio, left, Thomas Raggi, Victoria De Angelis, and Damiano David of Maneskin attends the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)

Andrew Garfield in a dark patterned suit.

Andrew Garfield at the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)

Olivia Wilde, Julia Garner, and Salma Hayek in formalwear

Olivia Wilde, Julia Garner, and Salma Hayek at the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)

Jude Law and Chloe Zhao in formalwear

Jude Law and Chloe Zhao at the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)

Sydney Sweeney in a pink dress

Sydney Sweeney at the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA)

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