Country: Portraits of an American Sound


Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2014

Location Info:

Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century City, CA  90067
With more than 100 striking shots of some of the biggest, most beauteous country stars who ever plucked a guitar string, Country: Portraits of an American Sound is an irresistible proposition from the get-go. But thanks to the co-sponsoring Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, there's much more here than just a photography exhibition. Along with intensely memorable portraits snapped by a horde of notable Nashville photographers (such as Grand Ole Opry house shutterbug Les Leverett and the great Raeanne Rubenstein), there's also several elucidating mini-documentary films providing background and context, and plenty of additional memorabilia, including musical instruments, some of them there sequin-spangled Nudie suits and assorted wardrobe items, displayed alongside vintage sheet music, movie poster and album art, even a jukebox loaded up with plenty of rare hillbilly ear-pleasers. The opening reception is Saturday, but the show runs all summer. Whether you're a devout fan or a stone non-believer, the joys of immersing in this sweet vortex of stellar C&W culture come in a Tammy Wynette–bouffant sized scale. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City; Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; through Sept. 28; free. (213) 403-3000,
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