Los Angeles nonprofit the Mistake Room will hold its first biennial fundraising event on March 28, which will “celebrate a philanthropist and an artist whose unique contributions have had a profound and lasting impact on the world at large,” according to the organization. This year’s fundraiser will honor Francesca von Habsburg, the founder and chairman of the Vienna-based foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, who will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Mistake Room in the fall.
That show will mark the U.S. premiere of Julien’s PLAYTIME (2013), a seven-screen installation that stars James Franco as an art adviser. (The role he was born to play? Let’s just say it’s the role he was born to play.) A smaller version screened at New York’s Metro Pictures gallery in 2013.
“We must encourage non-for-profit organizations like this to not only sustain but also to flourish,” Julien said in a statement. “[T]hey are the backbone of our whole cultural industry, allowing for young, smart and adventurous exhibition making, the expansion of public facing curatorial programming, and the support of seldom-seen artists in the Los Angeles area.”