Press Release  September 28, 2020

Ansel Adams in Our Time

Created: Mon, 09/28/2020 - 13:52
Author: chandra

For more than fifty years, Ansel Adams captured the breathtaking beauty of the United States in stunning black-and-white photographs, many of which have been frozen in a time gone by.

In Ansel Adams in Our Time at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, discover more than one hundred of Adams’ most iconic works like never before, displayed alongside nineteenth-century photographers and contemporary artists who both influenced, and were influenced by, the legendary American artist.

Visit national parks, the American Southwest, desert and wilderness spaces, and more as you move back and forth in time with Ansel Adams and twenty-four of his contemporary successors including Mark Klett, Trevor Paglen, Catherine Opie, Will Wilson, Abelardo Morell, Victoria Sambunaris, and Binh Danh, whose modern-day environmental concerns point directly to Adams’ legacy. In addition to admiring the photographs themselves, explore the history and production of pre-digital photography through this unique exhibition.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Lane Collection, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ansel Adams photograph of black and white sand dunes

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument, California, negative date c. 1948. Photograph, gelatin silver print.

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Abelardo Morell, Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
smudgy photograph of the grand tetons and lake

Abelardo Morell (American (born in Cuba, 1948)), Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Mount Moran and the Snake River from Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2011. Photograph, inkjet print.

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Courtesy of the artist, © Will Wilson, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Wil Wilson photograph of one man dresses as a native american on the left, facing the same man dressed as a cowboy on the right

Will Wilson (Diné (Navajo), born in 1969), How the West is One. Photograph, inkjet print.

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Courtesy of the artist, © Laura McPhee, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laura McPhee photograph of tall, dark tree trunks with grassy undergrowth

Laura McPhee (American, born in 1958), Midsummer (Lupine and Fireweed), 2008. Photograph, inkjet print.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lane Collection, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ansel Adams black and white photograph of the moon over a rocky cliff face during the day

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960. Photograph, gelatin silver print.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lane Collection, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ansel Adams black and white photograph of his shadow projected on the ground

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah, 1958. Photograph, gelatin silver print.

 

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Stephen D. and Susan W. Paine Acquisition Fund for 20th century and Contemporary Art,  © Catherine Opie. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong,  Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts,
Catherine Opie out of focus color photograph of yosemite

Catherine Opie (American, born in 1961), Untitled #1 (Yosemite Valley), 2015. Photograph, pigment print.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lane Collection, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ansel Adams black and white photograph of a river and mountains

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942. Photograph, gelatin silver print.