[IMAGES] Ansel Adams' "Pictorial Convergence"
- Pictorial convergence
Ansel Adams images are at the heart of high-profile exhibitions at
four L.A.-area museums.
By Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
TWENTY-TWO years after his death and four years after his centennial,
photographer Ansel Adams is getting as much museum attention as ever.
Four Southern California museums have shows up or coming in which
Adams' images play central or key supporting roles.
At the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles through Feb.
18, there's "Ansel Adams at Manzanar," a collection of about 50
vintage prints from the photographer's four visits to the Manzanar
internment camp in 1943 and 1944. Unlike his most famous works, most
of these images concentrate not on landscapes but on people some of
the 10,000 Japanese Americans held captive within the Owens Valley
camp during World War II. Meanwhile, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana
plans to open a new wing with "Ansel Adams: Classic Images," which
includes the photographer's favorite 75 shots. That show will run
Feb. 18 to May 13.
At the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry) in Griffith
Park, curators have include several of Adams' Yosemite photos in a
broad survey titled "Yosemite: Art of an American Icon." The portion
of the show that includes Adams' work and traces park imagery through
1969 closes Jan. 21. Another part featuring more recent paintings and
other images will stay up through April 22.
In Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum's "The Collectible Moment"
exhibition, a survey of the museum's photographic holdings, includes
Adams' famous "Moonrise, Hernandez, N.M."