Event to be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Beverly Wilshire Hotel
The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) has announced that award-winning actress and activist Sharon Stone will host the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon on November 6, 2013 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. This year’s highly anticipated award welcomes guests from the contemporary art, philanthropy, film, fashion and entertainment worlds and honors celebrated Los Angeles artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. Ticket prices range from $275 to $1,000 and tables for
10 are $5,000.
The MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts was established in 1994 by the MOCA Projects Council to recognize the many gifted women providing leadership and innovation in the visual arts, dance, music, and literature. Past recipients include noted collector and patron Beatrice Gersh (1994), editor Tina Brown (1997), choreographer Twyla Tharp (1999), actress and director Anjelica Huston (2001), and artists Barbara Kruger (2001), Yoko Ono (2003), Jenny Holzer (2010), and Annie Leibovitz (2012).
This year’s event is led by Event Chairman Ricki Ring. Honorary Co-Chairmen are Dallas Price-Van Breda, Carolyn Powers, Catharine Soros, Maria Hummer-Tuttle, and Andrea L. Van De Kamp. The Honorary Event Committee includes Wallis Annenberg, Maria A. Bell, Jackie Blum, Edythe Broad, Kimberly Brooks, Betye Burton, Judy Chang, Christine
Alexandra Chiu, Aviva Covitz, Rosette Delug, Mandy Einstein, Susan Gersh, NJ Goldston, Joanne Heyler, Sydney D. Holland, David G. Johnson, Wonmi Kwon, Annie Leibovitz, Deborah McLeod, Marti Oppenheimer, Carla Sands, Sutton Stracke, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, and Orna Amir Wolens.
Presented by The MOCA Projects Council, one of the museum’s major support organizations, the event will benefit MOCA’s award-winning education programming, particularly Contemporary Art Start, which received the 2012 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education, an honor jointly awarded by the California Association of Museums and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Education.
Event Chairman Ricki Ring said, “We are delighted that Sharon Stone will participate in this year’s MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. She has established herself prominently in the world of film and humanitarian activism. We are proud to include her in this diverse group of outstanding individuals who have set a standard for contemporary visual arts, culture and entertainment in Los Angeles.”
Lita Albuquerque was among the first founding artists for MOCA and gained international acclaim for her ephemeral pigment installations. Helen Pashgian was one of the pioneers of the California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and participated in The Artist’s Museum (2010). Nancy Rubins blazed a trail as one of the most important sculptors of her generation, and her large-scale, outdoor sculpture has been a striking presence at MOCA Grand Avenue for more than a decade. Betye Saar, one of the great assemblagists of our time, participated in important solo and group exhibitions at MOCA including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980 (2007) and Sanctified Visions (1990). The four artists were all represented in various exhibitions that were part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980, celebrating the birth of the Los Angeles art scene.
A fashion presentation by Los Angeles-based curated space Just One Eye, which offers extraordinary pieces of art, fashion, jewelry and objects and facilitates and fosters creative relationships between artists and designers, will be part of the event.
Sharon Stone is an actress, producer, writer, song writer/lyricist, activist, and humanitarian. She became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies after her role in “Basic Instinct” (1992). She received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and an Academy Award nomination for “Casino” (1995) as well as the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in A Drama Series and has starred in many critically-acclaimed film and television roles. Off screen, she has dedicated herself to various humanitarian causes and has been recognized for her activism, notably as a long-time advocate for HIV/AIDS research and hunger relief.
A pioneer in arts education, MOCA Education has consistently presented award-winning programming that benefits adults, families, students, and community members of all ages and backgrounds. For three decades, the museum’s professional educators have made MOCA’s collection and exhibitions accessible to diverse audiences through a myriad of offerings that enable visitors to build relationships with works on view. These programs range from public tours, free Sunday workshops, art talks, courses, and teen internships to community collaborations, such as Contemporary Art Start (CAS)—a nationally recognized art education program that annually serves more than 170 teachers and 5,500 elementary, middle, and high schools students in over 65 schools across the greater Los Angeles area, encouraging creativity and critical thinking through an interactive study of contemporary art. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events at MOCA, please call 213/626- 6222 or access MOCA online at www.moca.org.