Beautiful space for photos in Century City in LA’s west side with rotating exhibits — all for free, save a few bucks for parking.
By Aesthetic Andie
I love photography so, so much, and it’s hard to really get inspiration outside the internet (which is kind of tough to find curated content anyways). The Annenberg Space for Photography is an awesome service for LA because it provides exactly that for absolutely free.
There are always revolving exhibits here ranging from everything from Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop to Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling.
Exhibits usually are paired with some interactive media, so it’s really a good way to get your brain firing. There is also a documentary or “making of” film playing that really goes into the art on another level; in this way, although the gallery is fairly small, you can easily spend at least an hour really taking it all in.
The Annenberg offers over 50 programs a year; these programs are usually films and events but also include workshops, panels, portfolio reviews and lectures. They’re usually themed around the photo exhibits on display. A full calendar can be viewed here and often require registration. Previous events include an Oscars viewing party, a film screening on Selma, The Evolution of Street Art in LA, and many more.
I love a free LA spot, but it wouldn’t really be LA without having paid parking, would it? Parking at the Annenberg Space for Photography is super cheap: $1.50 Weds-Fri after 4:30pm, and all day on the weekends (just get validation from inside)! Isn’t that crazy? Honestly, that’s super cheap for LA. Interestingly, Weds-Fri before 4:30pm, parking is $4.50 for three hours with validation. Might have to do with the businesses in the area. Anyways, parking is via an underground parking structure.
What’s close by?
Annenberg Space for Photography is super close to the Century City Mall, so I would definitely pair the two on your trip to Century City for an awesome day.