Briscoe Museum to present ‘Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail’

The exhibit will showcase legendary photographer Ansel Adams’ vision and scope of the natural world with 30 works beginning Sept. 15. (Courtesy photo)

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is pleased to present one of America’s foremost photographers and chroniclers of the American West in its upcoming exhibition “Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail” running from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15, 2016.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view 30 works including well-known pieces like “Moonrise over Hernandez” alongside Adams’ lesser-known studies of architectural subjects, such as the Spanish Catholic Missions in Arizona.  The exhibition combines the distant views for which Adams is exalted as well as works showing close-up and personal interpretations of the photographer’s complete vision of the natural world.

These photographs, made between 1931 and 1976, provide an in-depth look at the work of one of America’s best known Modernists and folk heroes. This exhibition is provided by the Bank of America Art in Our Communities program. Additionally, the exhibition is a registered participant of the 22nd annual FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO, a unique and inclusive forum for celebrating photography and photography-based art forms.

As an artist, environmentalist and social activist, Adams life’s work established photography as a truly legitimate art form, inspiring new ways of seeing and communicating. His long career represents a prolific and rich contribution to American art including many hundreds of images that continue to profoundly influence the practice of the art of photography to this day.

“Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail” will be on view during regular museum hours and is free with museum admission.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, located at 210 W. Market Street, was named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, It preserves and presents the art, history and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage.

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