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Hollywood stars mingled with LA's art elite at the MOCA 30th anniversary gala on Saturday night.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Pierce Brosnan Eva Mendes, Rose McGowan, Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Christina Ricci, Eva Mendes, Ridley Scott, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, along with David Hockney, Jeff Koons and architect Frank Gehry came to view 30 years of art collections and to see Lady Gaga perform with the Bolshoi Ballet. 

Find out what happened and what they thought of the night. And do you agree with David Hockney's comment at a smoke-free bohemia? 

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The performance art piece , “Ballets Russes Italian Style featured Lady Gaga (In a bright blond curly wig and black lipstick) singing and playing on a rotating Steinway pink piano with butterflies, designed by Damien Hirst.

The Bolshoi Ballet wore hats designed by

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and costumes by Miuccia Prada.  

yes”>50519153 Lady Gaga sang her new single, a moody ballad called, “Speechless.” Afterwards, surrounded by 3 bodyguards, she told Dishrag,  “This song is perhaps closest to my heart of all of my songs.  I wrote it for my father. “

 British Artist David Hockney shared his thoughts on Gaganess and the night.  And his nicotine habit.

 “Done very well done-they always do this very well in LA.  This is definitely one of the more important museums.  It is superlative.  I spend most of my time in England. But my base is here. I consider myself somewhat of an Angeleno.  I’m a kind of extinguished person.  I’m a smoker. I’m put out wherever I go.”

 What did he like about Lady Gaga? “  “She’s very good and I wanted more. I didn’t know her before. I’m not a consumer of popular music.  Lots of art about-most of it is just crappy. People need art in all forms.  People need art, crappy or not.  You need bohemia.  But by definition you can’t have a smoke free bohemia." 

Gwen Stefani told us,  “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  This night is over the top and just stunning.  Lady Gaga is truly an intense singer and performer.  Good for her.  Art is so vital.”

Frank Gehry remarked: “I might be 80 but I really got into  her.  Who knew she could sing like that?” 

Jeff Koons remarked “This night is so genuinely about the love of art.  I wouldn’t miss this.  Contemporary art and all art is a mainstay of any art and culture.  LA is now central to that.”

KD Lang told us, “The dance was incredible.”  How did she feel about  Lady Gaga? “I’m a little surprised-I didn’t know she could sing a ballad like that.”

Francesco Vezzoli, who coordinated the Gaga/Bolshoi performance,  told us that his goal of the night was, “I hope the entertainment world and the art world make love to each other.  I want to be a good Madam like Heidi Fleiss.  It took me 6 months and 60 millions minutes of pain to put this on.  I’m taking a name now.”

Actor/Comedian’s Albert Brooks take on Gaga? He quipped,   “I thought she would finally reveal her real name, either Lady or Gaga, I still don’t know what the real story is.”  

Albert’s wife, noted artist Kimberly Brooks, told us that, “I met David Hockney. I can die in peace now.” 

For more info: MOCA.org

Reporting: Leah Sydney

Photo credits: Ann Johansson / For the L.A. Times