Ansel Adams is coming to the Longmont Museum

Starting January 26, 2019 and running through May 26, 2019, the Longmont Museum will host an Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibit presented by Old Town Outfitters, your one-stop shop for outdoor adventure gear and clothing in downtown Longmont.

[Ansel Adams and Camera] Photograph by J. Malcolm Greany.
Ansel Adams was a giant in the field of landscape photography. His images of the unspoiled Western landscape were informed by his belief in the transcendental concept of the sublime–a complex combination of overwhelming awe and fear.

Many viewers are familiar with the Adams’ heroic, high-contrast prints from the 1970s. Much less well known are the intimate prints that the artist crafted earlier in his career.

Ansel Adams: Early Works focuses on these masterful small prints from the 1920s into the 1950s. By capturing the abject power of nature, Adams changed our understanding of landscape photography, solidifying it as a legitimate form of modern art.

The exhibit will also feature vintage cameras and photographic equipment of the type Ansel Adams used to create his remarkable photographs. These examples will give visitors a sense of the bulk of the cameras that Adams had to haul to cliff edges and mountaintops. The exhibition will also feature a gallery film showing Ansel Adams’ work process and the precision with which he approached creating images.

The Longmont Museum.

The museum will host an opening reception of the exhibit on Friday, January 25 from 6 PM – 8 PM.  Be the first to experience Ansel Adams’ photographic work. In honor of Adams’ love of music and his early interest in becoming a pianist instead of a photographer, this event will feature live music on our Shigeru Kawai piano, generously donated to the Museum by Lila Stewart. Cocktail attire is requested. There will be light appetizers provided and a cash bar.

Ticket Pricing: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children 3 and under free, Museum members free. Become a member of the museum to enjoy free admission to this and all future exhibitions!

There will also be additional programming during this exhibition that includes a talk on Longmont’s Button Rock Preserve on February 7 at 6:30 p.m. and on Contemporary Landscape Photography after Ansel Adams put on by the Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum on Thursday, March 14th at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free but required for entry to both events.

In addition, there will be a Views & Brews American Landscape Film Series at 6 p.m. featuring parks like Yosemite, Mt. Rushmore and Devils Tower. Tickets are $8 for non-members and $5 for museum members. Special $2 beers will be available from Left Hand Brewing Company. All movies are paired with a signature cocktail and galleries are open to enjoy with your film ticket!

Film Dates:

February 7 – Valley Uprising-Yosemite Valley – Signature Cocktail: the “El Capitan”
February 14 – Wild at Heart – Signature Cocktail: “Blue Velvet”
February 21 – North by Northwest – Signature Cocktail: “Teddy Roosevelt”
February 28 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Signature Cocktail: “Fox Mulder”
March 7 – There Will Be Blood – Signature Cocktail: the “Black Gold”

In the portal gallery, photographer Kathleen Velo will feature “Water Flow: Under the Colorado River” showcasing chromogenic, photographic paper that has been submerged under water and exposed to bright light that reveals an image of water contents – silt, minerals, plants, etc. Velo’s key objective is to create a visual representation of the precarious and transient qualities of water in the Colorado River.


Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.
Exhibition organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Cover Photo: [Ansel Adams and Camera] Photograph by J. Malcolm Greany.