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Five Uber Cool Things To Do April 21-27

Image from Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, The Power of Photography National Geographic.
Image from Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, The Power of Photography National Geographic.
Joel Sartore/National Geographic

Monday, April 21 - Sunday 27

Annenberg Space for Photography

The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years

This will be the last week for the wonderful exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography,celebrating the iconic publication’s 125 anniversary. Long renowned for its stunning images the magazine is dedicated toward using the power of photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us.

This extraordinary exhibit features 501 images spanning the life of the magazine, using thirty LED monitors arranged to create video walls throughout the Photography Space galleries to view some of the magazine’s most famous and recognizable images spanning subjects from nature to politics. The exhibition will also feature two documentaries, one showing interviews with National Geographic photographers.

This venerated magazine has been a part of all our lives showing us life beyond our borders, and how “photography can change the world”. Don’t miss this opportunity to see its pages come to life. I’ve seen this show twice and plan to go a third time before it’s closing next Sunday.

Annenberg Space for Photography,2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, Los Angeles,

Wed-Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Earth Day/ Earth Matters Reception, Fowler Museum UCLA

Celebrating Earth Day, April 22, The Fowler Museum will host a special opening preview from 5:30 to 7pm for the Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa exhibit

The exhibition features more than one hundred exceptional works of art from the 19th to21 centuries including powerful ritual sculpture and masks as well as paintings, photographs, videos, and sculpture. This is the first major show to approach the topic with such a broad geographic and chronological depth and artistic diversity, inviting visitors to consider the earth in Africa as a sacred or medicinal material, a source of inspiration and an environment in need of protection.

At 7pm Guest curator Karen Melbourne from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will give an exhibition overview and shares how many of the contemporary artists became connected to the project and each other, in ways that extend beyond the gallery walls.

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa April 23-Sept.14.

The Fowler Museum is located on UCLA’s north campus

Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 25-26-27

Paris Photo LA

The second edition of Paris Photo LA will return to the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios, showcasing leading international galleries and bodies of works by renowned and emerging artists from around the globe.

Sound stages that have been the home to countless motion picture and television productions will house galleries ranging from Seoul to Buenos Aires highlighting contemporary and historical work. The New York Street Backlot, the one-of-a-kind replica of New York City’s streets will be dedicated to the presentation of cutting-edge solo shows, Young Gallery exhibitions, and bookseller projects.

Paris Photo held yearly in Paris and now in Los Angeles, is the world’s most celebrated art fair for photographic works. The show will feature 81 galleries and booksellers, along with a public program highlighting cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors and cultural institutions. This year’s program will include special exhibitions and the Sound & Vision series of conversation and screenings.

Among the special exhibits this year will be “Unedited!” which will give attendee a chance to view rarely seen photographs from the LAPD photo archives dating from 1925to the 70's.

A special tribute to renowned actor/director and artist Dennis Hopper will spotlight a presentation of Hopper’s photographic work, and a rare screening of his 1971 film,“The Last Movie”.

Paris Photo LA, Paramount Pictures Studios,5555 Melrose Avenue,

April 25-26, noon to 7 pm, April 27, noon to 6 pm.

Saturday and Sunday April 26-27

The Brewery Artwalk

One of the most loved and atmospheric art events, The Brewery Artwalk, open its doors to the general public the weekend of April 26-27 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. With over 100 studios open spread over the Brewery’s 16 acre campus this is a great opportunity for friends and fans of art to see painting, sculpture, clothing, jewelry, crafts, meet the artists in person, engage in conversations about their work, and perhaps purchase something that you love.

The Brewery Arts Complex began in 1982 on the site of the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, called the “world’s largest artist-in-residence complex” by the Los Angeles Times, these industrial buildings and lofts have become a uniquely, vibrant and creative community.

Food and drinks will be available at the centrally located beer garden and at the Brewery’s on site restaurant, Barbara’s At The Brewery.

The Brewery, 2100 N Main St

Sunday April 27,

4thAnnual Neutra Run/Walk For Health

Get out in the fresh morning air and take a beautiful run/walk around Silver Lake Meadow!

On the Sunday closest to Earth Day, The Neutra Institute will continue its tradition of hosting its morning Run/Walk kicking off a day of health, architecture and food. For modern architecture fans this will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the ecologically, and philosophically-based Neutra design principals, while helping to raise funds for the Neutra Institute.

Richard Neutra, one of the most revered of modernist architects, had a special affinity for the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, locating his home and early design studio, now known as the Neutra VDL Research house at 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard, across from the Silver Lake Meadow and the reservoir. He also designed a number of homes and complexes in the area, several of which are around the corner from his former home, on Neutra Place.

The event will feature racing and walking levels for adults, families, and children along with a 20k bike race. Following the races and awards, there will be self –guided tours of the Neutra VDL Research House, and several homes on Neutra Place. After all that running walking and touring attendees will be able to relax at a wine tasting on the patio of the VDL House with wines donated by Old Oak Cellars, the only winery located in Pasadena. Entertainment at the reception will include jazz by Dan West, playing interpretive piano pieces inspired by the avant-garde era echoing the creative origins of the VDL House.

The day will be capped off with a dinner catered by Gilles Dirat, and a 50-minute film featuring Richard Neutra in Vienna.

Neutra VDL Research house, 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard

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