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BillTJones_Leibovitz.jpgThe Wexner Center for the Arts, located on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, will devote its entire gallery space to a major presentation of work by photographer Annie Leibovitz from Sept. 20 through Dec. 30.

”Annie Leibovitz,” organized by the Wexner Center, will feature more than 200 photographs. The bulk of the exhibition comes from “Master Set,” an authoritative edition of 156 of her images. Leibovitz personally selected and oversaw the printing of the limited edition, large archival pigment prints. A special lobby display will feature portraits and related working prints by Leibovitz of artists who have appeared at the Wexner Center over the years, some of whom are Wexner Prize recipients.

The Wexner Center is the first institution in the world to have the opportunity to exhibit the “Master Set” as a whole. The presentation will be augmented by work from “Pilgrimage,” a project featuring a series of photographs of interiors, landscapes and talismanic objects attached to historical figures—Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Annie Oakley, and Elvis Presley, among others. “Pilgrimage” was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Annie Leibovitz began her career in 1970 as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine, while she was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1983, she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair and was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she developed a large body of work that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life. Leibovitz was in a relationship with noted writer and essayist Susan Sontag until Sontag’s death in 2004.

A special travel getaway package featuring the exhibition is available throughout the run of the show. Starting at $259, the “Annie Leibovitz” package includes:

  • First-class accommodations at the design-centric The Lofts Hotel
  • Two Tickets to Wexner Center for the Arts for the “Annie Leibovitz” exhibition
  • Valet parking
  • $25 dining gift card, valid at one of 14 Arena District venues
  • Two standard movie passes to the award-winning Arena Grand Movie Theatre
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast buffet at Max & Erma’s Restaurant

Package reservations are made at or by calling (614) 461-2642

In 2011, Columbus was a the winner of Logo’s Best “NewNowNext” Destination and named by as its Up-and-Coming Gay City. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus’ uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals.

Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information on visiting Columbus are available at or by calling (866) 397-2657.

[Photo: Bill T. Jones, New York City, 1993]

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