The DigiDaughter and I went up to Los Angeles yesterday to visit the Annenberg Space for Photography. If you are a fan of photography or you want to see the ultimate in high definition digital viewing, this is the place for you.
It is in an odd location - 2000 Avenue of the Stars. While that sounds like the name of a street you would find in L.A., it is actually in the midst of office high rises, such that you cannot see it from the street and is not that easily found. I had been to that office complex before and was charged $28 for parking (!) but was delighted to find that the Space validated my parking and I paid $1. Next time I have to go there for business, I think I will drop by the Space.
The current exhibit - its inaugural one - is called "L8s Ang3les" and features local photographers showing their point of view of this city (although one photographer - a Los Angeles Times photojournalist - had her pictures of Liberia and Darfur as part of the exhibit and there was an explanation of how our "humanity ties us together and that rot," which I thought was just a way of stretching it to include her). The Space has a cental room that has two fllor-to-ceiling HD projection screens and several smaller monitors, creating a unique experience for viewing photographs, especially when combined with music or narration. I thought the exhibition of photographs was well done, with good framing and display.
And guess what - it's free. No admission. How cool is that? They have lectures and workshops where a fee is charged but to visit it, just stroll in. Me gustalo mucho.
This place is a must-see for visitors to Los Angeles, along with better known places like LACMA. Outisde there is a large and grassy area with tables and chairs and trees, with the buildings creating an urban canyon. Pack a picnic.