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Nature’s Small Wonders: Photographs by Ansel Adams features eight of Adams’s more intimate views of flowers, leaves, roots, rocks, and water ripples, as well as this elegant photographic frieze of the Rocky Mountains’ Quaking Aspen trees (which have been mysteriously dying off in large numbers since 2006 due to Sudden Aspen Decline [SAD]). It is also presented in conjunction with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sycamore Land Trust, whose mission is to protect the beautiful natural and agricultural landscape of southern Indiana.

America’s most famous nature photographer, Adams was also an ardent conservationist who served on the board of directors for the Sierra Club for thirty-seven years and was active in the Wilderness Society. He used his dramatic black-and-white photographs to encourage the preservation of America’s natural wonders, particularly those found in the U.S. National Parks. Adams stated that he sought “to photograph truthfully and effectively…to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.” Whether his subjects were large or small, Adams coaxed remarkable nuances of light and shadow out of every image.

This exhibition can be found in the first floor Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art from January 13 to May 24, 2015. Please see New in the Galleries to learn more about other installations that are currently on view.
Ansel Adams: A Celebration of Art and the Environment
Film and Panel Discussion
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Hope School of Fine Arts Auditorium (room 015)

In recognition of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Sycamore Land Trust, this program features a screening of the film Photography as an Art, from the 1960 documentary series The Inclusive Art (produced by WNET). The film conveys a sense of discovery and rediscovery through the photographs of Ansel Adams, who is shown working in Yosemite National Park.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception. For more information, please visit Special Programs.