Los Angeles’ art community was out in full force to check out a curious new country music exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography – “Country: Portraits of an American Sound.”
Addison Timlin, Alexandra Brekenridge, Ben McKenzie, Bethany Joy Lenz, Callie Khouri, Carlene Carter, Christopher Guest, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Jaime King, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Caan, James Roday, Jayma Mays, Kenny Alphin (aka “Big Kenny”), Lyle Lovett, Mandy Moore, Mat Vairo , Mary Steenburgen, Mena Suvari, Nora Zehetner, Sarah Jones, Shannon Woodward, Shiva Rose, T Bone Burnett, Ted Danson, Vanessa Ray and Xavier Samuel were among the event’s attendees; Lovett also performed.
The exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music Guest curators for this exhibit are Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
In addition to over 110 prints, the exhibit will also feature an original half-hour documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions. The film explores the image of country music and its evolution over 80 years, highlighting photography’s role in documenting the history and capturing the culture of this uniquely American sound. The film features photographers Henry Diltz, Henry Horenstein, Les Leverett, David McClister, Raeanne Rubenstein, Leigh Wiener and Michael Wilson. Over a dozen country music artists also appear, including Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, Marty Stuart and Lee Ann Womack.
The exhibit is being offered free to the public May 31 through September 28, 2014.