Friday, April 18, 2014

Ansel Adams Exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art

The Arlington Museum of Art (AMA) will be hosting an amazing exhibit, Ansel Adams: Masterworks, featuring over 45 quintessential images by famed American photographer Ansel Adams. The exhibit will be on display May 3 through August 3. An opening reception with a preview for exhibit sponsors, museum members and special guests will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In a career that spanned more than five decades, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) became one of America’s most beloved photographers. There are few artists whose name and work represent the extraordinary level of recognition and artistic achievement as his. Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography, not only in his rich, technically precise images, but also through his efforts to advance photography as an art form. As an artist, educator, and writer, he helped establish many of the institutions that have come to represent the highest aspirations of the medium of photography. As an innovator, he developed techniques that became the basis for cutting edge photography of the future.

Aside from his almost unparalleled success as a photographer and an artist, Adams’ relished his role as a champion for environmental causes. He used the platform with which he was most familiar, photography, to bring the American landscape, both wild and civilized, to the forefront of the national consciousness, and his devotion to promoting the preservation of the American landscape is evident in his poignant and reverent work. From the pristine hidden corners of the American National Parks System, to the stark, gritty reality of the ravages of the Great Depression, Adams’ work gave a voice to the fabric of this country through images of its land and its people.

AMA executive Director Chris Hightower spoke about the broad appeal of the artist and his work, “Ansel Adams was an American icon for many different reasons. He had the eye of an artist and the heart of an environmentalist, both of which were captured through his lens." Accompanying this exhibit will be related programming including a lecture and video series, demonstrations, and workshops.

AMA is located at 201 West Main Street, Arlington, TX 76010. Admission tickets are available online, or may be purchased at the door.

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