Art in LA: The Annenberg Foundation ‘Water: Our Thirsty World’

This beautiful shot right here is Frans Lanting’s image of  The Iguazu Falls. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

Oh, we love that story (vengeful god be damned!), but there’s another story we must also share. The Iguazu River is located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu and the waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. The falls, in case you’ve never witnessed their breathtaking majesty, are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brasil) and were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, but, in 2009, an acute drought in southern Brazil cut the water flow in the falls by two thirds. Yes, water… it’s a basic human right and one that is too quickly drying up.

So, as a tribute to our beloved Argentina y Brasil and the Iguazu Falls, we had to share this event because, though it may not be in Argentina, it might take you there. Plus, we think The Annenberg Foundation is one of the best Foundations around. Incorporating art, human rights, environmentalism, and education all in one nice little bundle of activism and creativity, we wanted to share a great event going on in LA at the Annenberg Space for Photography, entitled “WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” in partnership with National Geographic Magazine.

The exhibit, opening to the public on Saturday, March 27, 2010, will coincide with the release of National Geographic’s April 2010 issue on the precarious state of the world’s fresh water.

“WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” examines the local and global challenges of our planet’s fresh water resources captured by a selection of National Geographic’s finest, award-winning photographers. Good stuff! The digital and print images will highlight the significance of fresh water in our lives and how the diminishment of is impacting local and worldwide communities. And, if I see you buying a plastic bottle of water as you stroll around… ya fired! Another great perk: a digital film presentation offers hundreds of other National Geographic images and shared insights from photographers.

During the three-month exhibit, the free IRIS Nights lecture series will also continue inside the Photography Space on Thursday evenings, and programs related to the exhibit will include a themed group slideshow evening and photography workshops. How exciting, eh?!

“WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” will be open to the public March 27, 2010, and will run through June 13, 2010.

So check it out, buy a reusable water bottle, and turn off that tap when you’re brushing your teeth already! Geez. Mama wants to show those falls to her future children, okay?

The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA. 90067

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.

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