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Annenberg Space for Photography’s ‘Hollywood Calling’ Opens Feb 2020

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Lady Gaga & Mark Ronson, Vanity Fair April 2019 (Credit: Justin Bishop)

LOS ANGELES — On December 10, the Annenberg Space for Photography announced the next exhibition opening in February 2020 – Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling  The Stars, the Parties, and the Powerbrokers.

The photo exhibit, opening Oscar weekend, runs from February 8 – July 26, 2020.

Curated by Vanity Fair‘s creative development editor David Friend and the magazine’s former director of photography Susan White, Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades.

The exhibition is a look at the Hollywood stars, the parties, and the power brokers, through the distinctive lens of Vanity Fair – the most widely celebrated journalistic arbiter of Hollywood power and personality. The show also includes every Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover and portfolio, as well as photos from the annual Vanity Fair party on Oscar night.

“The extraordinary artists in this exhibit have done so much more than chronicle celebrities; they’ve helped define our popular culture, as Vanity Fair itself has done,” said Wallis Annenberg, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Annenberg Foundation.  “Their photographs have inspired magazine readers and defined the careers of Hollywood’s most successful actors. This exhibit shows why the allure of Hollywood is impossible to ignore.”

“These pictures bring Hollywood to life,” says Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones. “And together they encapsulate what makes entertainment such a powerful force in our culture. It’s hard to capture charisma in two dimensions, but this exhibition shows how Vanity Fair has pulled it off, again and again.”

“The show is a veritable time capsule,” said Friend. “It reinforces what American Photo Magazine has noted: that Vanity Fair is the ground zero of modern iconography.” 

With 130 photographs and more than 50 photographers, Hollywood Callingshowcases Vanity Fair‘s vaunted portraitists, including the magazine’s principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Cass Bird, Cristina de Middel, Ethan James Green, Erik Madigan Heck, Horst P. Horst, George Hurrell, Helmut Newton, Jackie Nickerson, Herb Ritts, Collier Schorr, Lord Snowdon, Firooz Zahedi, and dozens more. 

The show features images of iconic celebrities in film/TV, comedy and more, including Demi Moore, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Lena Waithe, Lupita Nyong’o, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Viola Davis, Brad Pitt, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Jennifer Lawrence, and many more. 

An exclusive documentary allows exhibit visitors to get a look at the history and the making of the Hollywood Issue, one of Vanity Fair‘s most popular issuesThe documentary takes viewers behind the scenes to see how established and up-and-coming stars are selected for the coveted Vanity Fair cover.

The short film concludes with a visit to the set to watch it all come together. The 2020 Hollywood Issue hits newsstands on January 28, 2020 just days before the photo exhibit will open to the public.Additionally, there is an interactive photo opportunity, designed by photographer Mark Seliger, that replicates one of his famous sets inside the Vanity Fair party on Oscar night, allowing visitors to take their own portraits. 

Annenberg Space for Photography will also offer a variety of public programs to coincide with the exhibition, including unique workshops, educational and participatory panels, conversations, field trips, family activities, and more.

Visitors can explore the exhibit starting February 8, 2020 every Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles. Admission is free; parking is validated.

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Prepare Your Farewell: LACMA Ready to Tear Down Its Campus

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LOS ANGELES (Curbed LA) — Heavy machinery was placed Monday in front of the the Ahmanson Building on Wilshire Boulevard to aid in pre-construction work, namely abatement, says Jessica Youn, a Los Angeles County Museum of Art spokesperson.

That caused some alarm among museum fans, who feared demolition was finally in full swing.

“We’ll paint it from life as we see the heavy machinery tear its guts out,” local arts group Roofless Painters posted on Instagram.

The abatement, which would find and remove any potentially hazardous materials in the marble-clad edifice, must be done before the building and three others at the museum can be torn down to make way for a new, divisive museum structure designed by […]

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‘Journey of the Bearded Tarot’ Exhibit Closes Jan 14

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City Presents a New Exhibition: ‘Journey of the Bearded Tarot’

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s exhibition of artworks by Doug Hammett at the West Hollywood Library called Journey of the Bearded Tarot will close on Tuesday, January 14.

Images in the exhibit are the artist’s interpretation of the traditional tarot deck. They serve as momentary guides, giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view. 

Available for viewing during regular library hours through Tuesday, January 14 at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For more information about Journey of the Bearded Tarot, please visit www.weho.org/community.

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‘Journey of the Bearded Tarot’ Exhibit Closes Jan 14

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s exhibition of artworks by Doug Hammett at the West Hollywood Library called Journey of the Bearded Tarot will close on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Images in the exhibit are the artist’s interpretation of the traditional tarot deck. They serve as momentary guides, giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view. 

The traditional Tarot deck is a collection of 78 illustrated cards, speculated to have originated in the 15th century. On a surface level,the decks were used as playing cards for mere entertainment. Yet under closer inspection, the illustrations reveal a profound archetypal language, speaking to a universal story of humankind’s heroic journey to find meaning in this complex universe. 

Although hundreds of decks have been re-imagined by different artists over the years, the meaning of the individual cards remains consistent. 22 cards comprise the Major Arcana (Big Secret) and 56 cards the Minor Arcana (Little Secret). Unique to the “Tarot of the Bearded Journey” the cards can be laid out in a linear fashion (as seen in the book), revealing several hidden journeys through both Major and Minor Arcana. 

The Major Arcana portrays the phases of one’s life from early innocence and societal rearing, through phases of outer independence and initiation that eventually returns to an inner spiritual maturation; a heroic journey through Mind, Body, and Spirit. 

The Minor Arcana depicts a more detailed initiation through the four elements: Water, Air, Fire, and Earth. The traditional four suits Tarot deck, Cups, Swords, Wands, and Coins directly relate to these elements as well as seasons and psychological types. 

  • Water/Winter/Cups/Emotion
  • Air/Spring/Swords/Intellect
  • Fire/Summer/Wands/Intuition
  • Earth/Fall/Coins/Physical

Take part in the “Journey of the Bearded Tarot”. The images in the deck serve as momentary guides, giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view.

Doug Hammett has been an artist for 35 years, working primarily in painting, sculpture, theater, and music. He has an MFA from Art Center College of Design, and a BFA from the University of Redlands. He serves as a director for Art 105, based in Old Town Pasadena and the Arts District of LA, a center for exploring art, music, and theater.

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26 Water 5 Bleed Title Flat

To view his latest series of works and links to the tarot deck including past works go to www.doughammett.gallery.

For more information regarding this exhibit please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, mche@weho.org.

Available for viewing during regular library hours through Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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