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The American West, Landscapes, and Ansel Adams

April 8, 2017 @ 10:15 am - 3:45 pm

In collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art

**Please note: This event will be held outside of Chapel Hill at the NC Museum of Art. See below for more information**

This seminar will provide historical and cultural context for North Carolina Museum of Arts’ exhibition, “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” which features The Museum Set, a collection of photographs spanning five decades and chosen by Adams himself as the best work of his career.  Joy Kasson will give an overview of how the West impacted American culture with a focus on the visual arts. Maggie Cao will explore the history of American landscape painting and its demise in the late 19th century. Chief Curator Linda Dougherty will then introduce us to the Adams collection to explore his key role in the development of photography as an art form during the 20th century and his enduring impact and influence on contemporary photography. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase reduced-price tickets to view and discuss the exhibition with the seminar speakers at the end of the day.


The American West in the Popular Imagination 
Joy S. Kasson, Professor of American Studies, and English and Comparative Literature, Emerita

The End of American Landscape Painting?
Maggie Cao, David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art History

Ansel Adams: Masterworks
Linda Dougherty, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art


10:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 to be followed by a visit to the Ansel Adams: Masterworks exhibition. The tuition is $140 ($125 by January 20). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 20). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Lunch is included.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.



April 8, 2017
10:15 am - 3:45 pm
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North Carolina Museum of Art
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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