Are you wow-ed yet?
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.
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.