Museum Home Past Exhibitions Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance

February 7–May 28, 2006 at the Getty Center


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A Sense of Place: Photographs of the American West
Photographer Mark Klett, Regents' Professor of Art at Arizona State University, and artist Catherine Wagner, Professor of Studio Art at Mills College, explore how the genre of American landscape photography reflects the changing times in which we live. Their discussion considers the role of photography in the politics of land use.

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Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

The Wall and the Page: Why Photographic Books Matter to Robert Adams
Adams regards books to be of the highest importance, because they provide a permanent record that exhibitions do not. In this lecture, photography historian Colin Westerbeck discusses key images from the exhibition, placing them in the context of the various publications in which they have appeared.

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. in the Museum galleries at the Getty Center. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m.

James Benning, an artist and experimental filmmaker who engages the western landscape in his cinematic exploration of time, perception, and the environment, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Friday, May 12

Curator's Gallery Talk

Sophie Hackett, graduate intern in the Department of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Tuesday, February 21, 2:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Palos Verdes, California / Adams

Gallery Courses

Human Nature: Courbet, Adams, and the Mystery of Modern Landscape
Join Museum educators Mary Beth Carosello and Jeremy Glatstein in this two-part gallery course exploring the mystery behind landscapes and landscape art throughout the ages. Participants visit three exhibitions: Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance, Courbet and the Modern Landscape, and Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture. Course fee $20. Open to 50 participants.

Sundays, March 12 and 19, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Robert Adams/Ansel Adams: Photographers of the American West
Join curators and educators from the Getty Museum and the Autry's Museum of the American West for this two-part, two-museum course exploring the work of two great 20th-century landscape photographers. Part 1 complements the exhibition Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance at the Getty. Part 2 complements the exhibition Yosemite: Art of an American Icon at the Autry. Course fee for part 1 is $15; for parts 1 and 2 is $25. Open to 60 participants.

Part 1: Tuesday, May 2, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Museum Lecture Hall and Galleries, Getty Center

Part 2: Saturday, September 30, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Autry National Center


Pick up an Audio Player in the Museum Entrance Hall and hear Robert Adams himself describe some of his haunting, politically charged landscapes as you walk through the exhibition. Also see a short video about Adams' most recent project, Turning Back, on kiosk stations in the Museum's pavilions and West Pavilion GettyGuide Room.