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REYNOLDA HOUSE OPENS EXCLUSIVE ANSEL ADAMS EXHIBITION MARCH 11
An exhibition of work by the best-known photographer in American history will open at Reynolda House Museum of American Art March 11. “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” will be on view at Reynolda House—its only venue—through July 17, 2016.
“This exhibition is being organized especially for our museum,” said Allison Perkins, executive director of Reynolda House. “Not only was Ansel Adams a widely popular photographer, he was a respected artist and activist. We wanted to bring together his work here in North Carolina, in an exhibition that will showcase his incredible artistic skill along with his environmental advocacy.”
In February, Reynolda House announced that due to early demand, advance ticket purchase for the exhibition would be available starting Feb. 18. In the first few days tickets were available, more than 150 were sold. The museum is encouraging visitors to purchase tickets in advance, but it is not required. In the case that the exhibition gallery reaches capacity, the museum will allow online ticket holders and members of the museum to advance to the front of the line.
Admission to the exhibition is included in Reynolda House general admission. Tickets are available online at reynoldahouse.org/ anseladams. Admission is $14 for adults, and free for children, students with ID, active military, and members of the museum.
Reynolda House has created limitededition “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” merchandise for the exhibition that will be available for purchase at the Museum Store. The museum also created an exhibition “field guide,” which includes an exhibition poster. The “field guide” is included with the exhibition ticket, while supplies last.
Ansel Adams subscribed to the romantic tradition of American landscape, an artistic lineage that included major American painters—including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt —whose work anchors the collection of Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
“Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” will include 37 photographs from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and two private collections in Texas.
Adams developed a system for creating luminous, vivid landscape photographs in sharp contrasts of black and white. He then printed his film negatives with meticulous attention to craft. Adams’s manner of framing and capturing both magnificent, large-scale landscape formations, and small, exquisite natural objects created icons of the American wilderness.
An early and passionate environmentalist as well as an artist, Adams advocated powerfully for wilderness preservation, national park creation, and the Sierra Club, with which he was affiliated from the age of 17. The exhibition’s debut at Reynolda House coincides with the centennial of the National Park Service, which marks its 100 th anniversary in August 2016. Both the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association have joined a long list of outreach partners and sponsors for the exhibition.
“Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” has been organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. Reynolda House gratefully recognizes the many generous sponsors who helped bring this exhibition to North Carolina, including Major Sponsors Charles H. Babcock, Jr. Arts and Community Initiative Endowment, Jerome and Beverly Jennings, and Modern Automotive; Contributing Sponsor Phoenix Packaging, Inc.; and Exhibition Partners Jeffrey and Sissy Whittington, and the Ecology Wildlife Foundation. !