Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum announced that award-winning author Margaret Atwood and artist Glenn Ligon will be honored at this year’s Gala in the Garden on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The annual celebration recognizes artists and innovators who have made profound contributions to society through their work.
Hammer Director Ann Philbin said, “We’re thrilled to honor Glenn Ligon and Margaret Atwood, two brilliant and visionary artists whose work is both enduringly significant and tremendously relevant in our current moment. Glenn has consistently created iconic art that critiques and explores complex issues of history, language and identity in America. Margaret has received critical acclaim for decades of writing, and is an activist who supports feminism, environmentalism, and social justice. Her prescient 1985 story The Handmaid’s Tale has resonated with readers since its publication, and now with television viewers.”
International shopping destination South Coast Plaza will partner with the Hammer Museum to present this year’s Gala in the Garden. The highly anticipated event attracts cultural and civic leaders in Los Angeles, as well as artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. Last year’s event raised $2.4 million for the museum. Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques will once again create the menu.
Proceeds from the gala will support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs.
Past honorees include Hilton Als, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Joan Didion,Ava DuVernay, Dave Eggers, Frank Gehry, Robert Gober, Matt Groening, Todd Haynes, Diane Keaton, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tony Kushner, Paul McCarthy, Joni Mitchell, Catherine Opie,Lari Pittman, Miuccia Prada, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Alice Waters.