The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is proud to announce that Grammy Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera will bring her vocal artistry to the opening gala fundraiser for the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. The event, to be held Saturday, September 25, 2010, will benefit LACMA’s special exhibitions and programming.

“As a member of the Los Angeles arts community, I am honored to celebrate the opening of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion at LACMA,” said Aguilera. “The building is a physical testament to the Resnicks’ dedication to helping the arts thrive.”

One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Aguilera has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, released three top-five albums in the United States, achieved four No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and received five Grammy Awards. She was also the only artist under 30 to make Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

“We are thrilled that Christina will perform at our opening gala fundraiser to honor Lynda and Stewart Resnick and their beautiful gift to the city of Los Angeles,” said Michael Govan, CEO, LACMA. “She is the perfect choice to highlight the evening we have planned.”

The gala will serve as the official opening of the Resnick Pavilion, named in honor of the generous leadership gift by the Resnicks to the Museum’s Transformation Campaign. Designed by Renzo Piano, the pavilion is a single-story, 45,000-square-foot structure and is the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world.

Guests will be able to see the world premiere of a trio of exhibitions highlighting the diversity of the museum’s encyclopedic collection and programming: Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915, both designed by the world-renowned director and designer Pier Luigi Pizzi; and Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, monumental structures and sculptures produced by Mexico’s earliest civilization.

The gala is being overseen by the event’s host committee, which includes David Geffen and Carole Bayer Sager. Custom-made silver mask invitations, a gift of the Resnicks, were mailed out in late May, and 1,000 of the city’s most influential business, cultural and thought leaders are expected to attend.

For ticket information, contact LACMA at 323.857.6559.

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