Just slightly out of town: Ansel Adams @ Cedarhurst

Ansel Adams, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, 1942. Courtesy of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Are you wow-ed yet?

Ansel Adams, Tenaya Lake, Mount Conness Yosemite National Park, California. Circa 1946. Courtesy of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Near the end of his life, photographer Ansel Adams put together what he called his Museum Sets – the best of his work, according to him, a kind of artist-made blockbuster show of 70 of his most impressive black and white images.  Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, located about 80 miles east of St. Louis in Mount Vernon, IL, presents a traveling exhibition of the Museum Set entitled, Classic Images: Photographs by Ansel Adams through the first week of May.

In what curator Rusty Freeman described as a “spectacular boom for us,” the exhibit, from the personal collection of Adams’ daughter, features stunning images of the American West, particularly Adams’ home state of California, and the great national parks there.  But more than that, Adams’ work, spanning a long career, is also a peak into the influence of European modernism on American artists at the turn of the century and speaks to the early 20th century photographers in New York City who labored for photography to be considered a fine art.  Adams’ hugely impressive span of work leaves us little doubt of photography’s settled – and deserved – position among the fine arts.

Ansel Adams, Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, California. 1927. Courtesy of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Classic Images: Photographs by Ansel Adams continues at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts at 2600 Richview Road in Mount Vernon, IL through 6 May, 2012. Cedarhurst is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday, 1-5. Admission is $5 and free on Thursdays.

On 28 April at 7, Dr. Michael Adams, son of photographer Ansel Adams will give a lecture.

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3 thoughts on “Just slightly out of town: Ansel Adams @ Cedarhurst

  1. Wow! I LOVE Ansel Adams. Growing up, our summer vacations were always to Yosemite National Park and so many of his photographs were taken there. I remember his small gallery in Yosemite Valley… Great memories. Thanks for posting these pics!

  2. Thank you Laura!
    Rusty Freeman, Director of Visual Arts, Cedarhurst

  3. Liz Solaro says:

    Breathtaking photography. I must come to see this exhibit. Maybe I can make the lecture April 28th.

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