The Annenberg Space For Photography will open in Los Angeles on March 27th, 2009!!
ok….what the heck is it?
Just the biggest photographic arts news for Los Angeles EVER!
Basically , a new photographic exhibition, seminar, workshop, lecture space funded by the Annenberg Foundation with a mission statement that says simply: ” to celebrate photography as an art form and present images focused on the human condition.”
Works for us.
Annenberg Space for Photography Exterior: â€œL8S ANG3LESâ€ Exhibit. Â© 2009 Image Courtesy of The Annenberg Foundation
The premiere show, entitled â€œL8S ANG3LES,â€ will be comprised of images from eight Los Angeles-based photographers in the genres of fine art, architecture, documentary, fashion, photojournalism and celebrity portraits.
The artists contributing to the group show are among the most respected in their fields– John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Greg Gorman, Douglas Kirkland, Tim Street-Porter, Julius Shulman, Lauren Greenfield, and Carolyn Cole.
The exhibit will also include work from three Los Angeles Times staff photographers depicting life in this city; Lawrence Ho, Genaro Molina, and Kirk McKoy.
Following a gala premiere on March 25, the exhibit will open to the public on Friday, March 27 and close on June 20, 2009.
Located on the former site of the Shubert Theater, the Photography Space is a 10,000 square-foot facility. The dynamic exhibition space will feature, along with a traditional print gallery, a state-of-the-art digital presentation system capable of sharing an unprecedented number of photographs with the public in large and high-resolution
format. This system can also simultaneously show adjacent video of the photographers discussing their work.
The selected work of the artists, though greatly contrasting in style and tone, all speak to the mission of the Photography Space, which is to celebrate photography as an art form and present images focused on the human condition.
Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, served as Special Advisor for the opening installation. Of the artists featured in â€œL8S ANG3LESâ€ Ms. Tucker comments, â€œThe vision of these photographers reflects the vast talent and energy that have made Los Angeles into a world class city in less than a century.â€
Annenberg Foundation Vice President, Wallis Annenberg, commented, â€œI have a passion for photography and a great pride in the fine city of Los Angeles. I am thrilled that artists of this magnitude are taking part in our inaugural show and know that through their brilliance they will bring great inspiration to the visitors of this new space which we are
creating and operating as a gift to the community.â€
The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars,
Century City, CA. 90067
General admission is free.
Operating hours Wednesday through Sundays are 11am to 6pm. The Photography Space is closed Monday and Tuesday. Underground self-parking is available and can be accessed via Constellation Boulevard.
Validation for reduced parking fees will be provided.
Here’s a map for you.
The Annenberg Space for Photography future exhibit schedule includes July 2009 to October 2009:
â€œPICTURES OF THE YEAR,â€ the winning photographs from the countryâ€™s premiere photojournalism contest;
and Early November 2009 to March 2010: WALTER IOOSS and NEIL LEIFER, work by two eminent sports photographers.
The Annenberg Space for Photography was conceived by the Los Angeles-based Trustees of the Foundation- Wallis Annenberg, Lauren Bon, Charles Annenberg Weingarten and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten. The original inspiration behind the Photography Space was sparked by Wallis Annenbergâ€™s personal devotion to photography. Wallis and the Foundation Trustees sought to create a new paradigm for experiencing photography that would compliment the landscape of the Los Angeles and national photography community, and build on the longstanding tradition of the Foundation.
The Photography Space will also offer the public programs, which will include lectures and workshops related to â€œL8S ANG3LES.â€
Additional dates will be announced as available.
Online registration for all events, unless otherwise noted, will begin March 27, 2009 at www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org.
â€œIris Nightsâ€ Lecture Series
Conducted on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm, these sessions will be free but will require advance reservations.
Confirmed thus far are:
â€¢Douglas Kirkland â€œA FIFTY YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH PHOTOGRAPHYâ€ April 2, 2009
Presented by Canonâ€™s Explorers of Light program
â€¢Greg Gorman CELEBRITY PORTRAITURE April 16, 2009
â€¢ Carolyn Cole April 30, 2009
â€¢ Catherine Opie May 7, 2009
â€¢ Julius Shulman and Wim de Wit (Head of the Department of Architecture May 14, 2009
and Design The Getty Research Institute)
â€¢ Lauren Greenfield May 21, 2009
â€¢ Patrick Ecclesine â€œFACES OF SUNSET BOULEVARDâ€ June 4, 2009
â€¢ Greg Gorman DIGITAL WORKSHOP Saturday, April 18, 2009
This session includes a fee. More information and registration is at www.gormanphotography.com and www.gormanworkshops.com
We’ll keep you up to date on the space as it begins it’s premiere, and integration into the city.
So you now have another reason to visit Los Angeles.
Did you need one?