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Ansel Adams: Early Works

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January 26 - May 26, 2019Ansel_Adams_and_camera

$8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children 3 & under free, Museum members free
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Ansel Adams was a giant in the field of landscape photography. His images of the unspoiled Western landscape were informed by his belief in the transcendental concept of the sublime—a complex combination of overwhelming awe and fear.

Many viewers are familiar with the Adams’ heroic, high-contrast prints from the 1970s. Much less well known are the intimate prints that the artist crafted earlier in his career.

Ansel Adams: Early Works focuses on these masterful small prints from the 1920s into the 1950s. By capturing the abject power of nature, Adams changed our understanding of landscape photography, solidifying it as a legitimate form of modern art.

The exhibit also features vintage cameras and photographic equipment of the type Ansel Adams used to create his remarkable photographs. These examples give visitors a sense of the bulk of the cameras that Adams hauled to cliff edges and mountaintops. The exhibition also includes a film showing Ansel Adams’ work process and the precision with which he approached creating images.

Ansel Adams and Camera, photograph by J. Malcolm Greany

Exhibition Programming

Button Rock Preserve: Protecting Longmont's Watershed
Thursday, February 7, 6:30 pm; free admission—tickets required
The inspirational legacy of Ansel Adams includes his major significance as an environmentalist. Learn about one of Longmont’s most important environmental resources: water. Find out what it takes to manage the water, forests, and recreation at Button Rock Preserve. Watershed Ranger Jamie Freel will explore these topics and share stories from the flood of 2013.

On the Ground: Contemporary Landscape Photography after Ansel Adams
Moderated by Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography, Denver Art Museum
Thursday, March 14, 7:15 pm; free admission—tickets required
For two centuries, idealized visions of the American West have lured people in search of adventure, wealth, freedom, and inspiration. Ansel Adams expressed the region’s breathtaking vistas with such skill that his photographs command our respect and inspire our environmental sympathies nearly 100 years after he made them. Join us for a lively conversation with contemporary landscape photographers as they attempt to square the idealism and grandeur of Adams’ vision with their own perceptions of today’s West.
Co-presented with the Firehouse Arts Center. 

A Community Forum on Fracking
Thursday, March 21, 7:15 pm; free admission—tickets required
Join us for an evening dedicated to increasing public understanding of the hotly contested issue of hydraulic fracturing, “fracking,” for natural gas and oil. All sides will be heard in a safe and respectful environment. 

Tickets to these public programs are free, but required. We expect they will go fast; secure yours ahead of time at by calling 303-651-8374.

Art & Sip

Grab a drink and get creative with these Thursday night art classes for adults, February 14 - March 21. New projects each week, all with a focus on topics surrounding Ansel Adams’ life and work.

Views & Brews American Landscape Film Series

To help celebrate our Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibit, enjoy a series of films featuring the American landscape Thursday nights, February 7 -  March 7. The films will take you from Yosemite’s mighty Half Dome and Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower to Mt. Rushmore and the American South. Special $2 beers from Left Hand Brewing Company. All movies are also paired with a signature cocktail, and galleries are open (5–9 pm) to enjoy for free with your film ticket.

Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Exhibition organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All rights reserved.

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