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This spring and summer, Portlanders can enjoy a unique visual treat at a special exhibition of the photographic genius of Ansel Adams. Held at the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, the photography exhibit, “Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail,” will be on view from May 26 through August 18. The show draws from Bank of America’s art collection and includes 30 of Adams’ most iconic photographs.
“We are thrilled to once again show the stunning photographs of Ansel Adams,” said Gary Hartshorn, World Forestry Center president and CEO. “This is a different exhibit than the one we hosted in 2006, but equally beautiful. We are thrilled that our museum visitors will once again be able to view the work of this great American icon here in Portland.”
The World Forestry Center hopes the exhibit will instill audiences with an appreciation of the art and beauty of Ansel Adamsʼ work, and heighten their understanding of the value of nature and the environment. Over the years, the World Forestry Center has showcased various exhibits that tie the together the relationship between forests and how we live. Recent exhibits include “Earth from Space,” “The Forest Through the Eye of a Forester,” “The Chocolate Story,” “The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World,” and “No End to the Banana.”
Ansel Adams (1902–1984), photographer, environmentalist and social activist, is recognized as one of America’s foremost photographers. This may be surprising to those who now take photography for granted, but Ansel Adams truly helped establish photography as a legitimate art form, inspiring new ways of seeing and communicating.
Hailed for his magnificent landscapes and iconic images of Yosemite National Park, Adams also reveals a unique appreciation of what is close up. The exhibition at the World Forestry Center presents both styles, allowing for a deeper understanding of the photographer’s complete vision of the natural world.
These images range from presenting nature’s most intricate elements to large, majestic landscapes. The exhibit of black and white prints (mostly gelatin silver, ranging in size from 4-by-5 inches to 51-by-39 inches) includes the titles “Evening Clouds and Pool,” “East Side of the Sierra Nevada, from the Owens Valley, California” and “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.”
Adams’ long career made a prolific and rich contribution to American culture, as there are hundreds of images that profoundly influence the art of photography to this day. He became a restless and innovative experimentalist, developing many now-standard photographic practices and reinventing his approach at numerous stages in his career. His colleagues shared his pioneering interest in photography’s ability to capture nature’s most intimate details, to parallel the perceiver’s actual experience in nature by realizing aspects of form and texture through light and shadow.
The exhibit is included with museum admission: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $6 for children 3–18. The Discovery Museum will also host a special 21-and-older evening event on May 30, called “Museum by Moonlight.” Admission prices are the same.
The 20,000-square-foot museum will delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Designed to educate and entertain, the World Forestry Center conveys the importance of forests and trees in our lives, and the need for sustainability.
While the World Forestry Center ’s Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971, it underwent a major renovation in 2005. Today visitors can enjoy a “wet-free” raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye view and learn about the types of people who work in the forest. The first floor focuses on forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits. The second floor hosts special exhibits and explores forests around the world and their connections to people. Guests will gain a better understanding of how forests in Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil are being used, and the challenges facing those forests.
For more information:
World Forestry Center www.worldforestry.org 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221 503-228-1367
Bank of America Art in our Communities Program http://museums.bankofamerica.com/arts/Exhibitions/Details/15