Photo L.A. kicks off its 19th edition this week, beginning Thursday night with an opening night reception from 6 to 9 pm, which will benefit the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA and will be hosted by noted photographer David LaChapelle and actor/photographer Chris Lowell. Reception tickets are $75 and can be purchased directly from LACMA at http://www.lacma.org/art/photola.aspx , or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Photo L.A. will be open to the general public on Friday, January 15th, and Saturday, January 16th, from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, January 17th, from 11 to 6 pm. Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass, $30 for a three-day pass and $10 for lectures. All exhibition, lecture and opening night benefit reception tickets are available for purchase in advance or at the door. For additional information on Photo L.A. 2010, including the opening benefit reception and advance ticket sales, visit http://www.photola.com .
More major dealers have joined the show, including Los Angeles heavyweights, Rose Gallery and Fahey-Klein Gallery. My own company, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, will be exhibiting in booth B-2, which is to the right of the entrance way facing towards you. Our booth should be entirely gray, so you should be able to spot us.
Following on to our story in the last newsletter, Photo L.A. has added details on the show program, which follows:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
9:30 am, "Collecting Seminar with Gordon Baldwin"
A recipient of the Rome Prize for his architectural drawings and an independent curator, Gordon Baldwin will offer a guided tour of the exhibition. Attendees will have the benefit of Baldwin's deep experience built over the course of his twenty-year career at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where he curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including "Fame and Photography," "Nadar/Warhol," "The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris", as well as exhibitions of the work of Gustave Le Grey and Roger Fenton. Baldwin is the author of "Looking at Photographs: A Guide to Technical Terms" (At the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium)
12 pm, "Photographer Michael Light presents Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack"
Michael Light will present an aerial examination of Bingham Canyon Mine, the world's largest man-made excavation which lies 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City and which has produced more copper than any mine in history. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Michael Light has photographed areas of settled and unsettled American land for more than 15 years, pursuing themes of mapping, human impact and the nature of time. (Curated by LACMA at the Marquee Ballroom, Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica)
1 pm, "Photography Books That Benefit: A Thousand Words: Photos From the Field"
Edward Robinson, associate curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA, will lead a panel discussion featuring author and editor Stacy Twilley, photojournalists Colin Finlay and Sara Terry, and International Medical Corps' Margaret Aguirre. Occasioned by International Medical Corps' landmark publication of "A Thousand Words", a chronicle of its lifesaving humanitarian response to conflict, natural disaster, and genocide worldwide, their conversation will focus on photography's ability to inform and inspire change. (Curated by LACMA at the Marquee Ballroom, Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica)
3 pm, "David LaChapelle: Reflections on Photography"
Photographer David LaChapelle will join Degen Pener, editor-in-chief of Angeleno magazine, for a conversation about LaChapelle's journey through the artistic intersection of popular culture, celebrity and American society. The author of several acclaimed publications, LaChapelle is also the subject of upcoming solo exhibitions at major museums in Taipei and Beijing. (Curated by LACMA at the Marquee Ballroom, Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica)
9 pm-Midnight, "Photographer's Fling"
Meet, mingle, and celebrate with the LA fine art photography community to the tunes of Fat Albert Einstein and The Kone from the Brokefolk Crew. Dress in black and/or white. (Sponsored by Center at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
9:30 am, "Collecting Seminar with Idurre Alonso"
Spanish art historian and Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) curator Idurre Alonso will lead a guided tour of the exhibition. Her current area of research is on Latin American photography of the 1990s, and her most recent project, Changing the Focus: Latin American Photography (1990-2005), scheduled to open in February 2010 at MOLAA, will be previewed at the fair. (At the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium)
11 am, "Lynn Saville's Night/Shift Lecture"
Internationally exhibited photographer Lynn Saville, whose series of black and white photographs of urban and rural post-twilight photographs, Acquainted with the Night, was published by Rizzoli in 1997, will discuss photographs from her latest work, Night/Shift, a collection of color photographs published by Random House/Monacelli. (At the Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica)
1 pm, "Idurre Alonso Lecture"
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) curator Idurre Alonso will discuss the genesis of her upcoming exhibition (to be previewed at the fair), "Changing the Focus: Latin American Photography (1990-2005)," scheduled to open in February 2010. (At the Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica)
Tickets to the collecting seminars are available online or at the door for $80. Tickets to the LACMA-curated lectures will be free to photo l.a. ticket-holders, and available one hour in advance at the Photo L.A. box office, however attendance will be limited. Tickets to the Lynn Saville and Idurre Alonso lectures are $10. Admission to the Photographer's Fling will be $15 at the door with a cash bar. For additional information on Photo L.A. 2010, including the opening benefit reception and advance ticket sales, visit http://www.photola.com .