Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Where to Be Merry: Inspiration @ The Annenberg Space for Photography

Most people who know me know that I’m "cheap." If I can get something discounted/for free/without spending lots of money, I’m thrilled. And with the IRS sucking every last penny I have out of my bank account this tax season, I’ve been especially economical regarding my social outings. I’ve been fervently on the hunt for activities where sacrificing cost does not mean sacrificing quality, sophistication, edge or value.

My zealous quest has led me to The Annenberg Space for Photography, a sleek, state-of-the-art center that offers hours of stimulating entertainment for free. Photos from around the world – from prominent photographers to novice beginners – gracefully hug the walls, beckoning visitors to fall in love with their stories, their subjects, their convictions. While the settings and the tones vary, the underlying goal of the center’s exhibits is always the same: it’s to enlighten, to inspire and to connect the viewer with a greater part of humanity.

Take, for instance, the current “Water: Our Thirsty World” exhibit. I was deeply moved and humbled by the 60+ photos that reveal how a society’s access – or lack of access – to water shape cultures, politics and lifestyles. To see how ravaging floods in India have damaged cities, or how tribal Gabra women in Kenya must walk five hours each day for drinking water opened my eyes to the dire conflicts and tension surrounding water.

I highly recommend checking out this exhibit the next time you find yourself in Century City. And gentlemen, do consider this place for date night. It’s inexpensive, it inspires stimulating conversation and it will make her think that you’re smart and worldly. This is solid advice coming from a lady herself.

Pictured below: The featured photos at the center are truly thought provoking, mind-opening and awe-inspiring.

Pictured below: Several striking photos from the current "Water: Our Thirsty World" exhibit.

Pictured below: There's so much more to do than just glance at photos. The center has lecture series, interactive-touch screen technologies, digital video presentations and even a reading room.

The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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