"We're so lucky to have all this," said event co-chairwoman Lilly Tartikoff Karatz. "At one end of the city we have a great contemporary art museum and then, at the other end, we have the Pacific Ocean. The idea of the salons was to connect these two of L.A.'s extraordinary attractions."
Before the talk, the group of 75 sampled a brunch buffet, toured the house and mingled on the patio, enjoying the end-of-summer sunshine. They included David Johnson, co-chairman of MOCA's board, Sela Ward and her husband, Howard Sherman; art gallery owners Shaun Regen and Doug Chrismas, Kathi and Gary Cypres, Richard Riordan, Carolyn Powers, Lauren King, Shamim Momin, Lisa Schiff and Dominique Shelton.
As the artist designing MOCA's annual shindig — the "Artist's Museum Happening" on Nov. 13 — Aitken was quick to correct anyone using the word "gala" to describe the event. "It's a happening, an intervention," he said. "I want to sabotage the tradition of a gala and orchestrate a moment in time — to get back to what the core of the museum is about, to promote progressive thought and experience."
As guests gathered for the program, Tartikoff Karatz introduced Deitch, noting the importance many in the art world have ascribed to his westward move. "Now he belongs to us," she said, "and we're not giving him back."
Salons will continue with artists Urs Fischer and Richard Prince at the Malibu homes of Peter Morton and Edye and Eli Broad.