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National Cowboy Museum Hosts Ansel Adams Photography Exhibition

National Cowboy Museum Hosts Ansel Adams Photography Exhibition

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Feb. 5, 2015



National Cowboy Museum Hosts Ansel Adams Photography Exhibition


OKLAHOMA CITY — The exhibition “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” is being presented at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb. 28 through May 10, 2015.


The exhibition features a collection of 48 works by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), about two-thirds of a selection he made to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work. Called “The Museum Set,” these works reveal the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of natural environments that might not, to the ordinary passing hiker, have revealed their secrets. Included are many of Adams’ most famous and best-loved photographs. They encompass the full scope of his work: elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits and the breathtaking landscapes for which he is revered. The exhibition also includes a photo portrait of Ansel Adams by James Alinder.


In a career that spanned more than five decades Ansel Adams became one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and one of its more respected environmentalists. There are few artists whose name and works represent the extraordinary level of popular recognition and artistic achievement that he achieved. Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th-century photography not only through technically precise images, but also by means of his personal energy and devotion to advancing the cause of photography as an art form. As an artist, educator, innovator and writer, he helped establish many of the institutions that have come to represent the highest aspirations of the photography medium.


“Visitors to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum are attracted to great photography, and we know they admire the work of Ansel Adams,” said Mike Leslie, assistant director and curator. “Through May 10 is indeed a special time at the Museum as we offer the Ansel Adams exhibition simultaneously with three others: “Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West,” “Conflict Cast in Bronze” and “Coyote Songs/Desperado Dreams: The Art of Robby McMurtry.”


The Adams collection was donated to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, Calif., by Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez in 2002. Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a 300-acre cultural complex located in Northern California on the Sacramento River. The Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments.


The traveling exhibition is organized by Turtle Bay Exploration Park in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, Calif. Since 1967, Landau Traveling Exhibitions has presented more than 700 fine art and architecture exhibitions at museums and university galleries throughout the United States and the world.



National Cowboy Museum Partners are Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation. Nationally accredited, the Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.



Editor’s Note: For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum, visit http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/learn-discover/media-room/. After accepting Usage Agreement, select photo and follow the instructions at the top of the page to coincide with Mac or PC. There are strict restrictions on how images related to the Ansel Adams exhibition may be used. For specific exhibition-related requests, contact Judy Hilovsky, (405) 478-2250, Ext. 213, judy@nationalcowboymuseum.org

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