Three Photography Exhibitions Open
November 19 at
Nassau County Museum of Art
Exhibitions Celebrate More than a Century of Photography
With Works by European and American Masters of the Art
“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular…
sight and feeling will appear on a print.
If it excites me, there is a good chance it will
make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense,
an ability that comes from a lot of practice.”
From November 19, 2016 to March 5, 2017, all of Nassau County Museum of Art’s galleries are devoted to the art of photography. On view in the Main Galleries on the first floor are two exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Sight and Feeling: Photographs by Ansel Adams and LIGHT WORKS: A Century of Photography. On view in the Second Floor Galleries is Long Island Collects: Photography, highlights from significant private Long Island art collections.
Sight and Feeling: Photographs by Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams, Vernal Fall, Yosemite Valley, California, 1920, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm. John Upjohn. ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
Ansel Adams, Oak Tree, Sunset City, Sierra Foothills, California, 1962, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm. John Upjohn. ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
Ansel Adams, Dunes, Oceano, California, 1963, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm. John Upjohn. ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs from the KIA collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs.
LIGHT WORKS: A Century of Photography.
EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, Animal Locomotion, Man with a Donkey, 1887, collotype. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm John Upjohn
Edward S. Curtis, Chijako – Pima, c. 1907, photogravure. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Elaine Bellin
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of the Photo Guild
Walker Evans, Bourbon Street, New Orleans, 1936, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm. John Upjohn. Walker Evans permissions 1 – 212 – 650 2562. Rights and Reproductions firstname.lastname@example.org. Metropolitan Museum of Art – Robert Mann Gallery.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind Gare St. Lazare, Paris, 1932, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm. John Upjohn. Permissions email@example.com
LIGHT WORKS: A Century of Photography
From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many other celebrated photographers comprise this survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 to 2000.
Long Island Collects: Photography
Long Island Collects: Photography seeks to focus on significant photographic works created from the 1960s through the present day. Historically, photography has been used as a documentary medium to tell a story. Artists have continued this dialogue within the malleable medium of the photograph, often enhancing or staging their works to convey a story, create emotion or otherwise touch the viewer in a significant manner. This exhibition will present a survey of photographic works from private collectors reflecting the cultural and social factors prominent to their era.
The Museum is offering a variety of public programs to amplify the experience of visiting these three exhibitions. Two films are screening daily: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression and Cartier-Bresson’s Century. Three Brown Bag Lectures illuminate the art and the artists included in these exhibitions. Other public programs are inspired by the exhibitions: Sketching in the Galleries, and The River, a concert performed by the musical ensemble ETHEL. The Museum’s family programs from November 19 to March 5 similarly draw inspiration from the exhibitions: Neiman Marcus Family Sundays, February Break for Art and two Super Family Sunday offerings, Winter Wonderland and Merrynaking at a Gold Coast Mansion. For further information on these programs, visit the Museum’s website, nassaumuseum.org/events, after November 6.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, Red Maple Market Café is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
Photographs courtesy of the Nassau County Museum of Art.