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Annenberg photo space opens soon

February 2, 2009 | 11:59 am

Annenberg_2Century City's long-planned Annenberg Space for Photography will open March 27 with "L8S ANG3LES." No, that isn't a typo: The 8 in the exhibition title refers to the number of artists whose photographic prints will be displayed on walls, the 3 to a trio of L.A. Times photographers whose pictures of life in the city will be projected in a digital gallery.

Funded by the Annenberg Foundation and located on the former site of the Shubert Theatre, the new 10,000-square-foot facility was envisioned as a community space. Along with a traditional print gallery that wraps around a central projection room, there will be video stations where visitors can watch and listen to recorded interviews with artists. L8S ANG3LES, continuing through June 20, will launch a program of exhibitions and related events intended to appeal to a broad audience.

The inaugural show will spotlight Los Angeles photographers who work in various fields, including fine art photography, documentary projects, architecture, fashion and celebrity portraiture. Images by John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Greg Gorman, Douglas Kirkland, Tim Street-Porter, Julius Shulman, Lauren Greenfield and Carolyn Cole, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times photographer, will be shown in the traditional gallery. Lawrence K. Ho, Genaro Molina and Kirk McKoy are the Times staffers to be featured in the projection space.

The second show, from July to October, will be "Pictures of the Year," a selection of award-winning images by photojournalists. Then comes an exhibition of works by sports photographers Walter Iooss and Neil Leifer.

-- Suzanne Muchnic

Photo credit: Annenberg Foundation