The Los Angeles Museum of Art has delved into the literate glamour of Vanity Fair, hosting the magazine’s traveling exhibition of historic photographs. Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 is a collaboration between the magazine and London’s National Portrait Gallery. LACMA will be its only US showing. Sponsored by Burberry and curated by Terence Pepper and David Friend, the exhibition includes photographs by a staggering collection of 20th Century icons: Cecil Beaton, Julian Broad, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Mary Ellen Mark, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Edward Steichen, and Mario Testino, among others. The subjects of the photographs are no less impressive, ranging from W.B. Yeats to Madonna.
A series of panel discussions and film showings will accompany the exhibition, foregrounding the romanticized image of culture that Vanity Fair creates. On January 11, LACMA will film Grey Gardens, the 1975 documentary that featured two eccentric women living in an East Hampton Mansion. A February 24 panel discussion will explore the constructed image of celebrity.
Vanity Fair Portraits continues through March 1, 2009.