Annenberg Space for Photography’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Continues With “W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine”

Announcing the groundbreaking new photo exhibit that explores the use of walls across civilizations and over centuries – plus, “Light the Barricades,” a companion multi-site public art installation

Photo by Ami Vitale

Annenberg Space for Photography, L.A.’s premier destination for photography, explores the creation and use of walls over centuries and across civilizations with its new exhibition, W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine. The show also includes the companion interactive public art installation Light the Barricades, located at three separate locations around the city, before coming together for presentation on the plaza just outside the Photo Space for the duration of the W|ALLS exhibit.

Forrest Meyers. Photo by Joseph Carlson

Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology, traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers, and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, creating a new paradigm in the world of photography.

Eastern State Penitentiary, PA. Photo by Bill Yates.

Opening October 5, W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine examines the artistic, social, and political use of walls throughout history. From the Berlin Wall and Jerusalem’s Western Wall, to the Great Wall of China – as well as barriers built in India, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland, and along the United States’ southern border – the exhibition delves into our long history of building walls and defining territories.

Photo by Tony De Los Reyes

The exhibit is divided into six sections: Delineation, Defense, Deterrent, The Divine, Decoration, and The Invisible. In each section, the work of photographers and artists – who have trained their eye on walls of all kinds throughout the world – will examine their architectural role in society, and the effects they have on the people who live near them. The section meanings overlap and change over time, much like the walls themselves – erected for one reason, their appearance and use is altered and modified, reflecting the civilizations that have grown and evolved around them. The show is curated by Dr. Jen Sudul Edwards, the Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

9/11 Museum. Photo by Spencer Finch

W|ALLS features more than 70 artists, including Carol Guzy, Moises Saman, SHAN Wallace, Banksy, JR, John Moore, Marina Abramović, and Tanya Aguiñiga. Many of these featured photographers and artists will be included in a new, original documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation exclusively for the exhibition.

The Annenberg Space for Photography has a long history of exploring our shared humanity around the world,” said Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President, and CEO Wallis Annenberg. “The W|ALLS exhibit will encourage visitors to explore the complex and multifaceted use of walls and challenge preconceived notions of why we build them. With Light the Barricades, we’re also offering public spaces for reflection and solidarity.”

Photo by AP Photo/Oded Bality

Light the Barricades is the Annenberg Space for Photography’s first foray into public art. From September 6 through September 22, the walls will be installed at three locations across Los Angeles– the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park.

Photo by Carol Guzy/The Washington Post

The installation consists of three 8′ x 27′ solar-powered walls illuminated from within (similar to a photographer’s lightbox) at all hours and features a fable on one side and a station for visitor reflection on the other. Created by Candy Chang (the artist behind the popular Before I Die public art project) and James A. Reeves, Light the Barricades was inspired by the I Ching, one of the oldest Chinese texts. Each wall will feature a word in large text that represents an emotional barrier: Resentment, Judgment, and Doubt. Offering an engaging opportunity for contemplation – both physically and emotionally – these walls shine a light on the difficult emotions that face individuals every day.

Photo by Grant Scroggie

When we considered how walls are used today, our first thought was the advertising that covers our cities. We want to translate the language of billboards into a contemporary ritual for contemplation, perhaps even a moment of humility,” said Candy Chang and James A. Reeves. “We selected the topics of resentment, judgment, and doubt not only because these emotions are largely universal, but they feel especially resonant today. They echo the psychosocial dynamics defining the current American mood. By reckoning with these barriers at a personal level, perhaps we can become more compassionate in our public life.”

Photo by Raffaelle Miraglia

Light the Barricades‘ three separate lightboxes will ultimately be presented together as one installation at the Photo Space in Century City for the duration of W|ALLS: Defend, Divide and the Divine, from October 5 through December 29, 2019.

Photo by Tony De Los Reyes

As a former Angeleno, I have visited the Annenberg Space for Photography often, and have learned much about the beauty and difficulties in our world through its illuminating shows,” said curator Dr. Jen Sudul Edwards. “Photography documents the human condition with a visual language broadly understood, capturing even the most delicate, complicated, urgent, and uplifting circumstances. The Annenberg Space for Photography offers a place to come together and contemplate our shared history and humanity; I’m honored to have been invited to curate W|ALLS and Light the Barricades and to contribute to that decade-long legacy.”

Photo by Raymond Thompson, Jr

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

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Award Winners In Theater, Dance & Film

Statue Awards To Be Presented To Playwright Bridget Carpenter And Dancer Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Princess Grace Awards. The Annual Gala will continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, this year’s Gala will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2017. The evening will be chaired by co-chairs Wallis Annenberg and Sidney and Katia Toledano and major Gala supporters include Christian Dior Couture as Presenting Sponsor and the Annenberg Foundation and Karen and Rod Gancas as Crown Sponsors.

The Princess Grace Foundation

Photo Credit: Yale School of Drama’s James Udom by Alfred Heartley, The Washington Ballet’s Gian Carlo Perez by Dean Alexander, Hunter College’s Megan Rossman by Nikki Kahn.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a nonprofit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 35 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. The Foundation’s mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Since the Foundation’s inception, nearly 800 recipients have been awarded more than $14 million.

This Year’s Princess Grace Award Winners Are:

Theater and Playwriting:

Mikael Burke/DePaul University (Theater Scholarship), Delaney Feener/DePaul University (Theater Scholarship, Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Award), James Udom/Yale School of Drama (Theater Scholarship, Grace Le Vine Theater Award), Camille Hayes/California Shakespeare Festival (Theater Apprenticeship, Pierre Cardin Award), Christopher Annas-Lee/Gala Hispanic Theatre (Theater Fellowship, Fabergé Theater Award), Kristina Valada-Viars/Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Theater Fellowship, Gant Gaither Theater Award), Donja Love/New Dramatists (Playwriting Fellowship).

DANCE PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Mikaela Kelly/The Juilliard School (Dance Scholarship), Jacquelin Harris/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Dance Fellowship), Miriam Miller/New York City Ballet (Dance Fellowship, Chris Hellman Dance Award), Gian Carlo Perez/ The Washington Ballet (Dance Fellowship), Lyvan Verdecia/Ballet Hispanico of New York (Dance Fellowship), Bryan Arias/Charlotte Ballet (Choreography Fellowship), Gemma Bond/The Washington Ballet (Choreography Fellowship), Raja Feather Kelly/Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (Choreography Fellowship).

FILM: Malik Ford/Hampshire College (Undergraduate Film Scholarship, John H. Johnson Film Award), Pamela Guest/Pacific Northwest College of Art (Undergraduate Film Scholarship), Daniel Chein/ San Francisco State University (Graduate Film Scholarship), Huay-Bing Law/University of Texas at Austin (Graduate Film Scholarship) Megan Rossman/Hunter College, CUNY (Graduate Film Scholarship), Reed Van Dyk/ UCLA (Graduate Film Scholarship, Cary Grant Award); Honoraria: Amanda Bonaiuto/California Institute of the Arts, Emily Drummer/University of Iowa, Maleny Lopez/School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sadie Schiffman-Eller/Bard College.

SPECIAL PROJECT, WORKS IN PROGRESS RESIDENCIES at the BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER, and the CHOREOGRAPHY MENTORSHIP CO-COMMISSION (CMCC) AWARDS are grants available to past Princess Grace Award and Honoraria recipients for uniquely significant projects that advance their artistic development. This year’s winners are:

SPECIAL PROJECT AWARDS: Chinonye Chukwu, Michael John Garces, Andrea Miller, Iva Radivojevic, Ian Soroka and Susan Youssef.

Works in Progress Residencies: CarlosAlexis Cruz, Sarah Cameron Sunde and Dustin Wills.

Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) Award: Zoe Scofield.

Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Film include Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga, director of “True Detective,” Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation; Greg Mottola director of Superbad, and Keeping up with the Joneses; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Theater recipients include Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac; and Academy Award winner Eric Simonson. Dance/Choreography recipients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre‘s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet‘s Tiler Peck and Maria Kowroski; as well as choreographers Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance.

Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, “This marks the most joyous time of year for the Foundation as we welcome the next group talented and emerging artists into the Princess Grace Awards family. Each year, we are captivated by a new generation of exceptional Award winners whose work will influence the artistic landscape. It’s a privilege to be a part of their artistic growth in the same way we have watched this year’s Statue Award winners, Bridget Carpenter and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, evolve. We are incredibly proud of all of them.”

Past winners of the Awards for theater, dance, and film, who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Award, are eligible for the Foundation’s Princess Grace Statue Award. This year Emmy Award-nominated writer Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Westworld, and Hulu’s 11.22.63) and Bessie Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer critically acclaimed as the “mastress of her generation,” Dormeshia Sumbry- Edwards will each receive Princess Grace Statue Awards. In addition to a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift, Bridget and Dormeshia will be presented with bronze statues of Princess Grace created by the Dutch artist Kees Verkade. To date, sixty-five artists have received this Award.

For the ninth year in a row, celebrated artist Alex Soldier, known for his mastery of precious miniatures, has created an objet d’art to represent the Princess Grace Awards. The Award symbolically combines the three art forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. Presented as a distinctive sculpture to the Prince Rainier III Award honoree, this creation is transformed for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.

For more information about the Princess Grace Awards program, please visit www.pgfusa.org

Newseum Will Host Annenberg Space for Photography’s ‘REFUGEE’ Exhibit, Illuminating Global Plight of the Displaced

On November 18, 2016, the Newseum, in partnership with the Annenberg Space for Photography, will open “REFUGEE,” a groundbreaking exhibit that illuminates the plight of refugees through powerful and evocative photographs. In images created solely for the exhibit by five internationally acclaimed photographers who traveled across five continents — Lynsey Addario, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller and Tom Stoddart — “REFUGEE” depicts the lives of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world and includes stunning portraits of the new Americans, refugees recently settled in the United States. The exhibit will be on display through March 12, 2017.Newseum Logo

Sixty-five million people around the world are displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This exhibit presents a full range of global refugee experiences through singular and compelling images taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States.

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A father celebrates his family’s safe passage to Lesbos after a stormy crossing over the Aegean Sea from Turkey. “REFUGEE,” a groundbreaking exhibit that illuminates the plight of refugees through powerful and evocative photographs will open at the Newseum on Nov. 18. (C)Tom Stoddart

The photographs capture the hope and resolve of refugees in the face of dehumanizing and life-threatening persecution.

The Artists

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Lynsey Addario, 2015, Say Tha Mar Gyi, Myanmar. A.* cooks in her family home in Say Tha Mar Gyi Camp. She is married, but her husband left her within the last year to return to his family. *Name withheld for protection.

Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship-winning photographer Lynsey Addario documented the Rohingya people, a disenfranchised Muslim population in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar. Known for her captivating imagery in such publications as The New York Times, National Geographic and Time magazine, Addario was recently named one of American Photo Magazine‘s top five most influential photographers of the past 25 years.

Ibrahima and his Mother

Omar Victor Diop, 2015, Mbile refugee site, Cameroon. Young Ibrahima has spent his entire life in Mbile. When his mother, Hawa, fled the Central African Republic, she had to make the long, difficult journey while pregnant. They still have no news of his father’s whereabouts. Hawa hopes that Ibrahima will get an education and look after her in her old age.

Omar Victor Diop presents photographs of refugees from the Central African Republic who were forced to flee to Cameroon. Known for his work in fashion photography, Diop’s work comprises conceptual projects, including staged portraiture and self-portraiture, with visual references ranging from classical European paintings to post-colonial African studio photography.

ASP Refugee Iturbide Colombia

Graciela Iturbide Buenaventura, Colombia, 2015.  Children in Puente Nayero play an improvised game of table football. The success of the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space has encouraged residents on the neighboring street of Punta Icaco to begin organizing to create their own humanitarian space.

Fine-art photographer Graciela Iturbide photographed settlements of Central American refugees in Mexico and displaced communities in Colombia. One of the most prolific Mexican photographers of any generation, Iturbide has participated in group exhibitions throughout the world.

ASP Refugee Schoeller New Americans

Martin Schoeller, New York, New York, 2016. New Americans: Portraits of refugees who have recently resettled in the United States as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. From left to right: Bhimal, 42, Bhutan; Maryna, 27, Belarus; Patricia, 22, Democratic Republic of the Congo. ©Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller‘s detailed, close-range photographic portraits of everyday people, iconic entertainment personalities and political and cultural figures, as well as his photographic essays and books, have made him a distinctive and singular presence in the field of contemporary photographic portraiture. For “REFUGEE,” Schoeller has turned his unique stylistic lens to capture portraits of resettled refugees in the United States for a section of the exhibit titled “New Americans. Continue reading

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (LOS ANGELES) announces SHARON STONE to host 8TH MOCA AWARD TO DISTINGUISHED WOMEN IN THE ARTS LUNCHEON

Event to be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Beverly Wilshire Hotel

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) has announced that award-winning actress and activist Sharon Stone will host the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon on November 6, 2013 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. This year’s highly anticipated award welcomes guests from the contemporary art, philanthropy, film, fashion and entertainment worlds and honors celebrated Los Angeles artists Lita Albuquerque, Helenmoca Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. Ticket prices range from $275 to $1,000 and tables for
10 are $5,000.

The MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts was established in 1994 by the MOCA Projects Council to recognize the many gifted women providing leadership and innovation in the visual arts, dance, music, and literature. Past recipients include noted collector and patron Beatrice Gersh (1994), editor Tina Brown (1997), choreographer Twyla Tharp (1999), actress and director Anjelica Huston (2001), and artists Barbara Kruger (2001), Yoko Ono (2003), Jenny Holzer (2010), and Annie Leibovitz (2012).

This year’s event is led by Event Chairman Ricki Ring. Honorary Co-Chairmen are Dallas Price-Van Breda, Carolyn Powers, Catharine Soros, Maria Hummer-Tuttle, and Andrea L. Van De Kamp. The Honorary Event Committee includes Wallis Annenberg, Maria A. Bell, Jackie Blum, Edythe Broad, Kimberly Brooks, Betye Burton, Judy Chang, Christine

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Alexandra Chiu, Aviva Covitz, Rosette Delug, Mandy Einstein, Susan Gersh, NJ Goldston, Joanne Heyler, Sydney D. Holland, David G. Johnson, Wonmi Kwon, Annie Leibovitz, Deborah McLeod, Marti Oppenheimer, Carla Sands, Sutton Stracke, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, and Orna Amir Wolens.

Presented by The MOCA Projects Council, one of the museum’s major support organizations, the event will benefit MOCA’s award-winning education programming, particularly Contemporary Art Start, which received the 2012 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education, an honor jointly awarded by the California Association of Museums and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Education.

Event Chairman Ricki Ring said, “We are delighted that Sharon Stone will participate in this year’s MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. She has established herself prominently in the world of film and humanitarian activism. We are proud to include her in this diverse group of outstanding individuals who have set a standard for contemporary visual arts, culture and entertainment in Los Angeles.”

Lita Albuquerque was among the first founding artists for MOCA and gained international acclaim for her ephemeral pigment installations. Helen Pashgian was one of the pioneers of the California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and participated in The Artist’s Museum (2010). Nancy Rubins blazed a trail as one of the most important sculptors of her generation, and her large-scale, outdoor sculpture has been a striking presence at MOCA Grand Avenue for more than a decade. Betye Saar, one of the great  assemblagists of our time, participated in important solo and group exhibitions at MOCA including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980 (2007) and Sanctified Visions (1990). The four artists were all represented in various exhibitions that were part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980, celebrating the birth of the Los Angeles art scene.

A fashion presentation by Los Angeles-based curated space Just One Eye, which offers extraordinary pieces of art, fashion, jewelry and objects and facilitates and fosters creative relationships between artists and designers, will be part of the event.

Sharon Stone is an actress, producer, writer, song writer/lyricist, activist, and humanitarian. She became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies after her role in “Basic Instinct” (1992). She received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and an Academy Award nomination for “Casino” (1995) as well as the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in A Drama Series and has starred in many critically-acclaimed film and television roles. Off screen, she has dedicated herself to various humanitarian causes and has been recognized for her activism, notably as a long-time advocate for HIV/AIDS research and hunger relief.

A pioneer in arts education, MOCA Education has consistently presented award-winning programming that benefits adults, families, students, and community members of all ages and backgrounds. For three decades, the museum’s professional educators have made MOCA’s collection and exhibitions accessible to diverse audiences through a myriad of offerings that enable visitors to build relationships with works on view. These programs range from public tours, free Sunday workshops, art talks, courses, and teen internships to community collaborations, such as Contemporary Art Start (CAS)—a nationally recognized art education program that annually serves more than 170 teachers and 5,500 elementary, middle, and high schools students in over 65 schools across the greater Los Angeles area, encouraging creativity and critical thinking through an interactive study of contemporary art. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events at MOCA, please call 213/626- 6222 or access MOCA online at www.moca.org.