Oklahoma City Museum of Art to open Ansel Adams photography exhibit Saturday

by Brandy McDonnell, NewsOK.com March 9, 2014

5010117_hpOklahoma City Museum of Art to exhibit Ansel Adams photographs
“Ansel Adams: An American Perspective” will feature nearly 60 black-and-white photographs by the revered artist. Organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, the exhibit will open Saturday and remain on view through June 1.

The work of one of the most revered artists in American history soon will be on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

“Ansel Adams: An American Perspective” will feature nearly 60 black-and-white photographs and include examples of Adams’ work from 1920 to 1965. Organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, the exhibit will open Saturday and remain on view through June 1.

“Ansel Adams is a very important and widely recognized photographer, and the museum has not exhibited his work before. So, we thought this would be a great chance to bring his work to Oklahoma City and to pair it with an exciting exhibition of work by a contemporary, Brett Weston, from our own permanent collection,” said Oklahoma City Museum of Art Curator Alison Amick.

“Our museum has a strong and growing photography collection … and we are looking at ways to highlight all artistic mediums. And this is just a wonderful opportunity to do that.”

Born in 1902 in San Francisco, Adams is credited with expanding the practice and appreciation of the art form as no other photographer has before or since. He created more than 40,000 photographs, helped organize the first museum photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and developed the first academic photography department at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute).

“People are excited about it,” said communications manager Ralph Cornelius, adding the staff has already fielded inquiries from several photography clubs. “I’m hoping that it will bring a new group of people in that wouldn’t ordinarily come to the museum.” read more at newsok.com