Scoop: Annie Leibovitz shows off new portraits at the Presidio

From left, Tom Naratil, Gloria Steinem, Annie Leibovitz and Johan Jervøe kicked off “WOMEN: New Portraits” in The Presidio on Tuesday. (Courtesy photo)

Annie Leibovitz, visiting San Francisco’s Presidio on Tuesday morning to show off her new commissioned exhibit, told guests at the preview event: “I’ve been trying to come back here since 1978. I had a dream about trying to get into one of these little buildings.”

The world-famous photographer and San Francisco Art Institute alum was in town to talk about “WOMEN: New Portraits,” a casually presented, not too big collection of images of famous females, including ballerina Misty Copland, executive Sheryl Sandberg and activist Malala Yousafzai.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem (also captured at her desk in a portrait in the show), was on hand, too, with this cool description of her friend’s pictures: “Instead of being ornaments, she shows our bodies as instruments.”

Amid a team of PR women from New York there were a few men: executives Tom Naratil and Johan Jervøe from UBS, the global financial services firm that commissioned the photos and is presenting the free exhibition, which opens Friday in the former military training facility at Crissy Field.

Her famous personal financial woes notwithstanding, Leibovitz assured those in attendance that she didn’t choose her subjects because they might be “people UBS would want.” She said, “This is totally my baby.”

The show is a continuation of a series called “Women” — photos of people who aren’t celebrities — she started with her partner, writer Susan Sontag, in 1999.

At the time, Leibovitz said she thought it might be “too big of an idea” for a project, but, having matured, she realizes it will always be a “work in progress.”

IZZIES AT 30

The vibrant Bay Area dance community was out in force Monday night to honor their own at the 30th annual Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, aka “The Izzies.”

Among the winners at the notably warm ceremony at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts were Robert Moses (who got two — one for his troupe’s performance, one for choreography); choreographer Amy Seiwert; San Francisco Ballet dancers Mathilde Froustey and Tiit Helimets; and Ilaria Guerra and Alexander Vargas of dawsondancesf.

Special awards went to local veterans Deborah Slater; Graham Lustig (of Oakland Ballet): Joanna Haigood (of Zaccho Dance Theatre); and Wayne Hazzard and Shinichi Iova-Koga (of Dancers’ Group and inkBoat for their work on “95 Rituals (for Anna Halprin).”

The crowd rose to sing “Happy Birthday” to Halprin, the 95-year-old modern dance pioneer.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is 38. … Actress Keri Russell is 40. .. Bandleader Reggie Watts is 44. … Basketball player Jason Kidd is 43. … Actress Hope Davis is 52. … Actress Catherine Keener is 57. … Singer Chaka Khan is 63. … Singer Ric Ocasek (The Cars) is 67.

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