On April 5, 2012, Hollywood celebrated the debut of a phenomenal photographer/artist named Alan Cumming. Yes, that Alan Cumming. The talented actor whose eccentric characters light up films such as the Spy Kids series, James Bond's Goldeneye, X-Men, TV's The Good Wife and Broadway's Caberet. The reception for Cummings was held at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood in conjunction with an exhibition of his photography entitled "Alan Cumming Snaps" at the Mantegna Gallery.
The top floor and roof of the hotel were packed with over 500 friends and admirers from the film, television and theater arts, not to mention devotees of Alan's latest endeavor, photography.
As guests arrived, many walked the red carpet and spoke of admiration for Alan Cummings. Everyone had a story to tell of how much his friendship meant to them. Alan seemed almost overwhelmed by the success of the event and the encouragement from his guests.
David Burka and Emmy Award winning Neil Patrick Harris were
among the first to arrive on the red carpet.
Best selling author Jackie Collins said Alan Cumming was
one of her favorite people
Star of HBO's Luck Tom Payne
Jesse Woodrow from The Hillz
Christina Moore of HawthoRNe strikes a pose in a cute
Missi Pyle from this year's Academy Award winner
"The Artist" looking elegant in white
Missi Pyle and Christina Moore clown for the press
The lovely Glenne Headley of Mortal Thoughts
Rachel Harris from The Hangover
Steven Root of Justified and The Good Wife
Superb Actress Karen Black of Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces,
and Hitchcock's Family Plot
'N Sync's Lance Bass
Actress Emma Hewitt and husband Jason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs, Harry Potter villain Lucius Malfoy
Actor Houston Rhines
Guest admire a blue tinted portrait of Cyndi Lauper
Kitten by Alan Cumming
Cumming's photography was on display at the reception and included personal works, often cropped to the square aspect ratio and saturated colors of a 60s Polaroid instant snapshot. Subjects ranged from portraits of Cyndi Lauper, Diddy, and Karen Black to ephemeral objects and intimate self-portraits.
Cumming comments, "My photographs are all about how I see the world, the incredible experiences I am exposed to and the parts of those experiences I think are worth recording or strike me as beautiful or provocative or weird."
Alan, dressed in a plaid jacket, a Title of Work bow tie (by noted New York fashion designer Jonathan Meilzer) and a roguish smile, quickly set the tone for the evening by doffing his coat to reveal a sleeveless dress shirt. The crowd approved and the fun began.
Grammy winner Wayne Jobson (No Doubt, Toots and the Maytals) and date
Neil Patrick Harris
The peakPRgroup team
Olivia Whitney Smith and friend
Moofaces Tavares Robinsongreen and Oliver Peake
Neil Patrick Harris and Christine Peake
Elizabeth Mathews and friend
Twin Peaks' Ian Buchanan
Alan Cumming photographer
Alan Cumming and Christine Peake
A large crowd came to honor Alan Cumming and see his new work
Alan Cumming and Christine Peake
Alan Cumming and artist Cybele Rowe
Alan admires a gift from Cybele Rowe
SmartWater, Honest Ade and Vitamin Zero were sponsors of the
Christine Peake and Allan Peach
Francisco Lopez and Javier Perez played some beautiful guitar
Salsa dancing on the roof of the Andaz Hotel
If the roof of the Andaz looks familiar, it was used in
This is Spinal Tap
Alan Cumming Snaps beautifully projected across the pool
The now elegant Andaz Hotel, once dubbed the Hyatt Riot House for the antics of the rock stars that stayed there, seemed the perfect locale for the eclectic crowd of party goers. One could almost imagine hearing members of Led Zepplin riding their motorcycles down the hallways as in days gone by. The party was that much fun.
Next to the extensive talents and jovial nature of Alan Cummings, most of the success of the party must go to L.A.'s hottest PR firm, the peakPRgroup, headed by the stunning Christine Peake and her many top clients such as Coca-Cola and SmartWater that helped sponsor the event. The American Red Cross, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Brits in L.A. (Peake favorites) were all there is force, as well.
Alan Cumming has always been very active in charity work including Planned Parenthood and The Trever Projects which is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of gay and questioning teenagers, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.Some of the proceeds of the event will go toward Alan's favorite causes.
"My life is a colorful blur, and so I think it only appropriate that the pictures I take embody that too." - Alan Cummng
My Teen Topix article and event photography by Allan Peach ©2012