19 PHOTOS MOCA 30th Anniversary Gala red carpet arrivals PART ONE

Rose McGowan

The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art had their 30th Anniversary Gala Saturday, November 14, 2009 and a whole slew of art-loving celebrities came out to show their support. Included in this first part of two are red (actually pink) carpet pictures of Christina Ricci, Chloe Sevigny, James Franco, Sandra Oh, Michelle Stafford, Zoe Saldana, Eva Mendes, Elizabeth Anderson Martin, Gore Vidal, Marisa Tomei, Kelly Lynch, Shirley Manson, Daisy Fuentes, Rose McGowan, Carey Mulligan and Guy Ritchie.

Marisa Tomei looked mighty perty in pink:
Marisa Tomei in full-length pink gown

Christina Ricci showed off her new Beatles-inspired haircut:
Christina Ricci's new haircut

Click thumbnails to see larger images in the gallery:

Photos: Juan Rico / Fame Pictures

CLICK HERE to see PART TWO of the gallery with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Ciara and Kate Beckinsale among others.

There is more info about the art show itself over at MOCA.org. Not familiar with MOCA? Here’s the 411 on the history of the museum as well as their mission statement, which they’ve been living up to for three decades now:

Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation’s most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.

MOCA’s mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. MOCA engages artists and audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, collection, education, and publication. MOCA identifies and supports the most significant and challenging art of its time, places it in historical context, and links the range of the visual arts to contemporary culture. MOCA provides leadership by actively fostering and presenting new work, emerging media, and original scholarship.