Boldface Names Put LACMA Campaign Over the Top
|LACMA patron Paris Hilton with artist Krista Kim. Photo: Stefanie Keenan for LACMA. Artwork (c) Krista Kim|
LACMA's Michael Govan says the institution has "reached and exceeded" its goal of $750 million for the Peter Zumthor-designed David Geffen Galleries.
Some of the more surprising names on the donor list:
Qatar Museums (in the "$10,000,000 and above" category). Besides buying a lot of expensive art, Qatar also made an unspecified monetary gift to the Metropolitan Museum's Islamic galleries last year.
Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, who are starting their own museum crosstown ("$10,000,000 and above").
Steven and Alexandra Cohen, who are apparently starting their own museum in Connecticut ("$5,000,000 and above").
Paris Hilton and Carter Reum ("$5,000,000 and above"). The heiress and ur-reality star established LACMA's first fund for buying NFTs by women artists.
The Winkelvoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, noted plaintiffs and crypto bros (each in the "$1,000,000 and above" tier).
Frankenthaler Climate Initiative of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation ("Under $1,000,000") At one point the Zumthor building was to have solar panels.
Not on the list, unless they're anonymous: Brad Pitt and Diane Keaton, who talked County supervisors into kicking in $117.5 million of taxpayer money.
|In 2021 the Winkelvoss twins invested in a company planning to bring back the woolly mammoth from DNA samples|