What a fantastic way to squeeze in some culture! I, of course, love to take my time with these things and really soak up the atmosphere and the content, but if you’re short on time, this is a great way to spend an hour.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is located in Century City and is a fantastic small venue gallery. Their current exhibit, Digital Darkroom, features 17 artists from the US, France, and UK. There are two short, engaging, high quality films: one standard and one in 3D, a print gallery, and a 3D print gallery.
“Digital Darkroom explores the intersection of art and technology. It presents imagined worlds created through photography and digital or darkroom manipulation.” – Annenberg Space for Photography
I found the whole experience very interesting and loved how the use of standard photography is integrated with computer software like Adobe and Photoshop. The resulting effect creates a lingering thoughtfulness on the part of the viewer. Many visitors were milling around and adjusting their 3D glasses so they didn’t miss an angle of this ever growing niche.
To get even more out of the experience you can take a traditional 30 minute guided tour or you can use your smartphone and utilize the QR codes found throughout the exhibit. If your smartphone doesn’t have QR code capability, you can simply borrow an iPod Touch free of charge! There are also two Microsoft Surface Tables that act as enormous coffee table touch screens and enable you to interact with the digital artwork. My perspective is from a solo traveler, but really everyone can enjoy this!
I especially enjoyed Chris Levine’s 3D piece of Queen Elizabeth (first ever of a Monarch), Pierre Beteille’s comical self portraits, the whimsy of Maggie Taylor, and the simplicity of Mike Pucher. If you just so happen to have a pair of 3D glasses, you can preview some of the 3D Print Gallery online….or just make your friends envious of what you experienced!
Exhibit runs now until May 28, 2012.
The Fine Print:
- Admission: FREE
- Hours: Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sun: 11am – 6pm | Saturday 11am – 7:30pm
- Location: Century Park – 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067
- Parking: Validated self-parking is $3.50 for three hours in the garage directly beneath the building, Wednesday through Friday before 4:30pm. After 4:30PM and all day on Saturday and Sunday, parking is a flat rate of $1.00 with validation
- Contact: 213.403.3000 | Website | Facebook | Twitter
Don’t forget to check out pics and my mini review of the exhibit on my New Video!