Here in Tinseltown we take our golden-age royalty seriously — and the legendary glamour of the stars of those heady postwar days lives on in our imagination thanks largely to the era's photographers. Images of James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor are instantly recognizable even to people who'd never dream of sitting through Giant. Chief among the camera-laden creators of the Hollywood mystique was the late, great Sid Avery. If you close your eyes and think on your favorite pictures of your favorite stars, chances are your mind's eye is seeing an Avery snap. Presciently, Avery also labored to preserve photographers' actual work (remember film strips and contact sheets?) and intellectual property rights, founding in 1987 the agency that would become the Motion Picture and Television Archive. Still run by his family 25 years on, the archive has expanded its holdings to something like a million images. The one-day exhibition “Celebrating 75 Years of the Silver Screen: A Collection of Works by Sid Avery” celebrates the archive's mission with an unprecedented installation of images by the master himself. Come see them again for the first time. Design Matters, 11527 W. Pico Blvd., Sawtelle; Sat., Dec. 7, noon-7 p.m.; free. (310) 841-6423,

Sat., Dec. 7, 12-7 p.m., 2013

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