Annie Leibovitz

This week, we’re viewing the early work of photographer Annie Leibovitz, dancing to Latin Jazz at The Autry, checking out travel destinations at the Convention Center, comparing East and West dissident art in Culver City and admiring the work of Oscar-nominated costume designers in DTLA.

‘Annie Leibovitz:

The Early Years’

Early work by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz will go on display at Hauser and Wirth, 901 E. 3rd St. (Arts District), beginning Feb. 16.

“Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years” features more than 4,000 photographs taken between 1970 and 1983. The exhibition, curated by Leibovitz, shows what she believes to be the most significant images taken during the formative period of her career.  

“Works on view trace Leibovitz’s development as a young talent, capturing the dramatic cultural and political shifts of the Seventies,” says. “Arranged chronologically and thematically, the exhibition begins with her work for Rolling Stone magazine and visually chronicles the defining moments and key protagonists of the decade. Over the course of her career, Leibovitz became an avatar of the changing cultural role of photography as an artistic medium.”

The exhibition also includes Leibovitz’s photographs of artists who became her personal heroes, including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon and Ansel Adams.

The exhibition opens to the public at 3 p.m., Feb. 16 and runs through April 14.

Hauser and Wirth is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Latin Music at The Autry

The Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way (across from the LA Zoo), kicks off its Latin Jazz Sunday at 7 p.m., Feb. 17.

The UCLA Latin Jazz Ensemble will open the series. This ensemble centers on a variety of Latin jazz styles and Cuban popular music, with a focus on instrumental Latin jazz solos.

In addition to the performance, the Autry offers access to select galleries and light refreshments from the cash bar.

Admission is $10 and available through A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The Los Angeles Travel

and Adventure Show

The annual Travel and Adventure Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Feb. 16-17.

This event puts dozens of travel vendors under one roof. You can browse over 350 vacation destinations from throughout California and around the world. The show will also feature dozens of educational seminars on the Savvy Traveler and Destination Theaters, song and dance from a variety of different cultures on the Global Beats Stage, plus camel rides and scuba lessons in the dive pool.

Travel experts and celebrities, including Samantha Brown, Josh Gates, Pauline Frommer and Rick Steves are scheduled to speak.

If you need a passport or need to renew one, this is a great place to do it because everything — forms, photos and application reviews — are all under one roof. My wife and I renewed our passports here last year and the process was fairly quick. Last year, Hilton gave free tickets to the travel show to those applying for a passport. I was not able to find out whether they are doing that this year.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets sold online at are $11 for a single day and $18 for both days. At the door, tickets will be $15 for a single day and $22 for both. Children 16 and younger get in free.

‘Crumbling Empire’

The Wende Museum, dedicated to items from the Cold War, is hosting an exhibition of dissident art from the former Soviet Union and the United States.

“Crumbling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices” features Russian poster designs of the 1980s and early ’90s alongside contemporary American street art by Shepard Fairey in a display that “highlights connections as much as differences in dissident art of the East and the West, the past and the present.”

The exhibition is focused on art produced during the late 1980s during Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost (openness) and perestroika (reform). The museum describes the artwork as having “a highly critical and at times ironic take on Soviet socialism.”

The exhibition runs through June 2.

The museum, located at 10808 Culver Blvd. in Culver City, is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Normally closed on Monday, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in honor of President’s Day, Feb. 18.

Tours are offered at 3 p.m., Friday; 1 p.m., Saturday; and at 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday.

Admission is free.

Movie costumes

The 27th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is now on display at the museum of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), 919 S. Grand Ave.

Over 100 costumes from more than 25 films are on display, including the work of all five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell (“Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Favourite”), Ruth Carter (“Black Panther”), Alexandra Byrne (“Mary Queen of Scots”) and Mary Zophres (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”).

“The exhibition also highlights the costume design process from start to finish,” FIDM’s blog says. “As you wander through the gallery, see how designers costume a character with sketches, mood boards and reference photos on tablets available to browse. Behind-the-scenes videos for a selection of films further delve into the complicated process of building a universe of screen.”

The exhibition is free and open through April 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Note that the museum is closed on Feb. 15.

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