Museum features Ansel Adams

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014

President Jimmy Carter called him “a visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth.”

To most Americans, Ansel Adams is an icon who embodies the best of nature photography and of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park.

Adams is widely recognized for his superb aesthetic sensitivity and technical skills and played a central role in the acceptance of photography as fine art.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is proud to host an exhibit by this iconic artist titled Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams, running from June 3 through September 21. An opening reception, $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members, will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.

Andrea Stillman, Adams’ former assistant and author of Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man, will be the special guest speaker. Gallery hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 - 4 p.m. Sundays.

A touring exhibition from the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences of Peoria, Illinois in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, Classic Images includes 72 images, all black and white, that Adams personally printed for his daughter.

Accompanying the exhibition will be Ansel Adams: The Legacy, a series of eight talks with writers, photographers, naturalists and scholars exploring the imagery, life and legacy of Ansel Adams, including his far-reaching influence on local photographers.

Speakers include Andrea Stillman, Adams’ former assistant and author of the 2012 book Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man; as well as an array of noted photographers and educators in the art of photography.

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