Current Exhibitions

Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution
June 23–September 16, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941. Photograph by Ansel Adams. Image courtesy of Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams’s breathtaking black-and-white photographs have become synonymous with the American wilderness. His best-known works express his experience in the heroic landscapes of the West: granite peaks rise triumphantly, light illuminates distant mountain ranges, rivers coil through vast expanses, and clouds swirl over the plains. Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution traces the photographer’s path to his signature style, beginning with rare early works and ending with prints Adams made late in life. In his earliest photographs, made in the 1920s, Adams embraced the prevailing Pictorialist style with intimately sized, soft-focused images. He shifted to sweeping, sharply focused views in the 1930s and ‘40s and to larger images with dramatic contrast after World War II. The exhibition concludes with a selection of late prints Adams made from earlier negatives that he considered some of his greatest works. Through iconic views and lesser-known subjects, Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution reveals Adams as a poet of light both in the field and in the darkroom.

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vanessa german: running with freedom
July 13–October 21, 2018 Sinton Gallery and Longworth Foyer

Vanessa German empowers people through visual art and performance. German’s mixed-media sculptures and reliefs will be featured in the Sinton Gallery and the Longworth Foyer as part of the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program. Constructed from found objects including doll parts, antique tins, beads, household items, and other cast-off relics, her “power figures” evoke folk art traditions, religious icons, and African nkisi nkondi—ritual figures carved from wood to embody mystical forces. German’s sculptures bridge the past and the present: antiques mingle with provocative imagery, challenging stereotypes and confronting current issues facing African American communities. Through her work as both an artist and an educator, German seeks to transform lives through the power of art and love.

MEET THE ARTIST
All events take place at the Taft Museum of Art. More information coming soon!

Residency Dates: October 7–21, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, 6–8 p.m.
Spoken word performance, refreshments, and cash bar.

Artist Talk: Sunday, October 14, 2–3 p.m.
German shares her work, process, and motivation.

Celebrate Community: Sunday, October 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
German performs at 3rd Sunday Funday.

IMAGE: Vanessa German, Rid Jar Regular, For Alla The Ordinary Witches & Their Soul-Ironing Jobs, 2017, found-object and mixed-media assemblage, 81 x 34 in. Image courtesy of the artist, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, and Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh