February 4–May 7, 2017
East Building, Joyce W. Pope Gallery
In a career that spanned five decades, Ansel Adams (1902–84) became one of America’s most renowned photographers. This exhibition focuses on his “Museum Set,” a collection of 48 photographs carefully selected and printed by Adams. Adams designated these works late in his life as a succinct representation of the best work of his career.
Included are many of his iconic images of majestic American landscapes, such as El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park; the Golden Gate in San Francisco; Monument Valley in Arizona; and the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The set shows Adams’s broad range of interests and features not only his popular photographs, but also lesser-known portraits of people and close-ups of nature.
“We feel extremely fortunate to be able to present this set of photographs, hand-selected and personally printed by the artist himself, to our visitors,” says Linda Dougherty, NCMA curator of contemporary art. “The featured photographs—breathtaking views and impressive depictions of America’s landscapes—reveal the importance Adams placed on the overwhelming power and beauty of the natural world.”