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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.
Tradition and Authenticity in Southwestern Native American Art
Noon Talk

12:15–1:00 p.m.
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, third floor

The terms tradition and authenticity, although commonly used in discussing Native American art, are frequently misunderstood. Emma Kessler, curatorial assistant for the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, will consider the development of traditions and the nuances of authenticity as seen in objects in the Focalpoint installation Traditional Changes: Art from the American Southwest.