The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

 
Ansel Adams gave us a vision of nature alive in every moment, connected in every layer, from the trembling leaf to the depths of the night sky. Through his art, he hoped that we might "feel the heart of the earth beating."

Though we often do not see "the hand of man" in his photographs, people and nature are inextricably linked in Adams's art. In California, New Mexico, and New York, Adams participated in an American modernist movement that searched for ways to reconnect the wild and the cultivated. Drawing on sources from contemporary science to traditional indigenous cultures, he joined colleagues ranging from Georgia O'Keeffe to Robinson Jeffers in shaping a new vision of our place in the world. The deep time of astronomy, the interconnected systems of ecology, the organic machines of cybernetics revealed the wild inside us, the cultivated all around us. With his beloved Yosemite as a laboratory, Jonathan Spaulding asks us to consider the possibilities of a successful coexistence.

Jonathan Spaulding is an independent curator living in California. He has served as Executive Director of the Autry National Center's Museum of the American West and Director of The Seaver Center for Western History Research in The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is the author of Ansel Adams and the American Landscape: A Biography.

Complements the exhibition In Focus: Ansel Adams.


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