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Spring 2009 - In Dialogue with Ansel Adams

Past Exhibition "In Dialogue with Ansel Adams"

In Dialogue with Ansel Adams

March 2 - April 10, 2009

The Reynolds Gallery's juried exhibition, In Dialogue with Ansel Adams, features eleven original masterworks by famed American photographer Ansel Adams, generously loaned to us by his granddaughter, Ms. Alison Jaques. This exhibition was conceived in conjunction with the world premiere of Ansel Adams: America, a new piece for orchestra by Pacific alumnus Dave Brubeck and his son, Chris Brubeck. Over 40 artists submitted work; ten were chosen for the show.

On view in the gallery March 2 through April 10, 2009, ten contemporary photographers with national and international reputations were shown alongside the master. Nan Brown, Jack Davis, Jane Delaney, Ursula Esser, Susan Hartzell, Terry Nathan, Chris Schiller, John Smith, and the team of Byron Wolfe and Mark Klett have all been inspired by Adams, the American landscape, and the tradition of landscape photography. 

Some of the work is a direct homage to Adams. Other artists capture and celebrate America's natural beauty, particularly the beauty of the San Joaquin Valley. Still others examine relationships between humankind and nature, and between landscape art and kitsch. The show offers a celebration of the American landscape, but also an examination of the ways it has been compromised.