The new kid on the block of Los Angeles art exhibit spaces, the Annenberg Space for Photography only opened its doors in the spring of 2009. Its namesake--Annenberg—-is about as big as it gets in this town in the sphere of grant-making (having backed notable arts, education and media projects in the city and beyond).
This 10,000 square foot museum/gallery facility hosts exhibitions of digital and print photography using state-of-the-art, high definition digital technology (for the former). The Annenberg Space for Photography also aims to foster an environment of idea exchanges where people can explore different topics. Visitors are encouraged to check out and discuss the books on art and photography that the Space makes available for in-house public use.
Exhibiting artists run the gambit from world renown to cutting edge and emerging. The Annenberg Space for Photography is the first Los Angeles cultural destination to focus exclusively on photographic work. Most of its major exhibits run for approximately four months. Smaller shows rotate more often.
Design and Technology of the Annenberg Space for Photography
The Annenberg Space for Photography shows its devotion to the medium through its architectural design as well. Fashioned by AECOM Design (formerly DMJM), the nucleus of the square art building is a circular digital gallery. According to the photographic museum's mission statement, this design was inspired by the mechanics of a camera and lens, and is meant to act as a metaphor for a convex lens. An iris-like design is displayed on the ceiling, recalling the aperture of a camera lens.
The back side of the building also features a photography reading room and workshop with a kitchen, where special programs are presented. In the digital gallery, glass screens with 4K resolution and high definition rear-projection imaging systems display digital photography with clarity and deep saturation. They also enable displays of thousands of photos in a more intimate location.
Soul Food: High Resolution Photographic Music Videos at the Annenberg Space
From noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the Space features selected, themed short digital image montages synchronized to popular music, showcased on 7' x 14' high resolution screens. These mini-exhibitions are meant to provide people with a culturally infused work break in the middle of the day. Some of the music used for the montages has included tunes by Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole and the Eagles of Death Metal.
Art Lectures at the Annenberg Space for Photography
The Annenberg Space for Photography hosts a free public lecture series (whose events can be reserved online on a first come first serve basis) called IRIS Nights. The talks--which take place Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.-- are led by photographers featured in the Space's rotating exhibits as well as other notable guest artists and experts.
Photography Exhibits, Past, Present and Future:
- Pictures of the Year International. The World. In High Resolution
- L8s Ange3les: Perspective of Eleven LA Photographers
- Walter Iooss and Neil Leifer (the work of two preeminent sports photographers)
Free. But some special events, workshops and forums may have registration fees.
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Los Angeles, CA 90067