Museum to showcase Ansel Adams imagesFebruary 23, 2012
Renowned photographer’s work on display
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — The tones, textures and compositions are as immaculate as the images are iconic in “Classic Images: Photographs of Ansel Adams,” a new exhibition opening Saturday in the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst in Mount Vernon, Ill.
The show features 70 black-and-white images hand-printed by Adams, one the nation’s most renowned photographers of Yosemite and America’s West. The exhibit will open with a free, public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Adams, who lived from 1902 to 1984, used large-format cameras and innovative darkroom techniques to create dramatically composed, high-contrast black-and-white images of Yosemite and other national parks and wilderness areas. His work still is reprinted in books, calendars and posters.
The exhibit, owned by Adams’ daughter Ann Helms, features selections from The Museum Set, “a rare portfolio of photographs hand-printed by Ansel Adams and considered by the artist to be the best of his life’s work,” said Rusty Freeman, Cedarhurst’s director of visual arts. The same images were featured in 1985 in the National Gallery of Art’s Ansel Adams tribute exhibition.
As part of the opening, Freeman will conduct a gallery talk at 6 p.m. on Saturdayand discuss the art of photography, photographer Paul Strand’s influence on Adams and the significance of the collection.
“Classic Images: Photographs of Ansel Adams” will hang through May 6 in the Mitchell Museum Main Gallery, located on the grounds of Cedarhurst, at 2600 Richview Road.
As part of the exhibition, two more talks will follow Freeman’s presentation at the show’s opening. On March 21, photographer Michael Sarver will present a free, public program on the cameras used by Ansel Adams during his career.
And Michael Adams, the son of Ansel Adams, will talk about his father’s career on April 28. Admission to Adams’ lecture is $5, free for Cedarhurst members.
After the opening reception, admission to the Adams exhibition will be $5, except Thursdays, when it is free to all. Otherwise, admission is free Tuesdays through Sundays for members of Cedarhurst and children 12 and younger.
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