If you are looking for something to do this weekend besides finishing last minute holiday shopping (or in my case starting all of my shopping) I highly recommend stopping by the Annenberg Space For Photography’s Digital Darkroom Exhibit which opens Saturday the 17th of December. I had a chance to preview the exhibit this week and it is stunning. The work of 17 photographers from around the world is celebrated. Digital Photography is such a fascinating medium. The capability of the computer to manipulate images makes for mind-boggling explorations of visual reality. The photographs are dream-like, ghost-like, surrealistic, and some, well, just indefinable. I will bring my kids to this exhibit although the short movie offering about the 3- D photo images I will not see with my son (7) as there are some images in it that seem a little ghostly and lately ghosts have been concerning/scaring him him. The other parts of the exhibit I feel will be intriguing for kids. I did not find anything in the show too graphic or disturbing. I love exposing the children to new forms of art, and the fact that so many of these photos are abstract is particularly exciting as I feel it is so important that kids know and understand that there is no one way to draw, paint, photograph or imagine a tree, or in the case of this photo a woman and an umbrella.
This is a also a great outing for visiting relatives! You could even drop the in-laws at the Annenberg Space for Photography and then go to the Century City Mall nearby and finish your holiday errands. (Though of course you are probably all done with yours.) As always the admission to the gallery is FREE, thanks to the generosity of the Annenbergs.
The exhibit features the work of: Josef Astor, Pierre Beteille, Joel Grimes, Ted Grudowski, Claudia Kunin, Chris Levine, Bonny Pierce Lhotka, Khuong Nguyen, Mike Pucher, Jean-François Rauzier, Martine Roch, Christopher Schneberger, Brooke Shaden, Stanley Smith, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann and Jean-Marie Vives. The top photo her is by Brooke Shaden, the bottom is from Stanley Smith.
Wed-Fri: 11am – 6pm Sat: 11am – 7:30pm Sun: 11am – 6pm
(This Saturday only, 12/17, the gallery will close at 5pm)
LOCATION 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10 Los Angeles, CA 90067