Featured Acquisition

Ansel Adams

American artist Ansel Adams, one of the best-known photographers in the world, shot this image in 1948 in Death Valley National Park, which straddles the border of California and Nevada. Adams’s black-and-white photographs of the American West are now iconic, and during his lifetime, he used these works to promote conservation and awareness of wilderness areas. 

Born in 1902 in San Francisco, California, he began experimenting with photography after a trip to Yosemite National Park in 1916. His love for photographing the outdoors and passion for the environment continued throughout his lifetime.  

In his autobiography, published shortly before his death in 1984, Adams described the circumstances surrounding this photograph, which is the first work by this artist to enter the FIA collection:

“I remember many sunrises in Death Valley, especially one near Stovepipe Wells in 1948. After sleeping on the camera platform atop my car, I woke before dawn, made some coffee and stoked my stomach with beans reheated from last night’s supper. I then perched my camera and tripod across my shoulders and plodded heavily through the shifting sand dunes, attempting to find just the right light upon just the right dune. The sun floated above the margins of the Funeral Range, promising a very hot day. Just then, almost magically, I saw an image become substance: the light of sunrise traced a perfect line down a dune that alternately glowed with the light and receded in the shadow. The result is Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument.”

Ansel Adams, American 1902–1984. Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley, National Monument, California, printed 1971. Gelatin silver print, 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches. Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.1
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust



Acquisitions

Matthew Metz
American, born 1961
Untitled, n.d.  
Ceramic
14 × 14 × 2 inches
Gift of Lynn and John Vinkemulder, 2016.148

Karsten Creightney
American, born 1976
Quince II, 2010
Color monotype with chine collé on paper
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.149 
Renée Stout
American, born 1958
Erzulie, 2002
Monotype in red with sequine attachments on paper
30 × 22 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.150
Renée Stout
American, born 1958
Recurring Damballah Dream, 1999
Lithograph on paper
30 × 22 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.151
Carey Maxon
American, born 1978
Sioux Falls, 2008
Lithograph on paper
26 × 36 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.152
Carey Maxon
American, born 1978
Black, 2008
Lithograph on paper
27 × 36 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.153
William Orling
American
Michigan Ave Towards St. John St., 1974
Oil on panel
16 × 20 inches
Gift of Elizabeth B. Bishop, 2016.154
William Orling
American
1109 Maple, 1974
Oil on panel
16 × 20 inches
Gift of Elizabeth B. Bishop, 2016.155
Ansel Adams
American, 1902–1984
Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley, National Monument, California, printed 1971
Gelatin silver print
19 5/8 × 15 3/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.1
Albert G. Richards
American, 1917–2008
Tulip with Bud Tulipa Cultivar, 1990
Radiograph 14 × 11 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.2
Bohemian
Red, White & Blue concentric millefiori, ca. 1900
Glass
1 3/4 × 2 1/4 inches diameter
Gift of Stewart Ruple and Elsie Ruple Reilly, 2017.3
Jerry Taliaferro
American, born 1953
Women of a New Tribe (49 photographs), 2016
Digital prints
Dimensions vary, framed to 50 x 40 inches each
Museum purchase, 2017.4 – .52
Vanessa German
American, born 1977
No Water Cleanser, 2016
Mixed-media assemblage
75 × 32 × 20 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, and gift of Justice and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams, by exchange, gift of Mr. Harold Frank, by exchange, 2017.53
Michael Chelich
American, born 1963
Portrait, 1994
Oil on canvas
13 1/2 × 12 1/2 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2017.54
Artist Unknown
Portrait of a Young Female, n.d.
Hand painted porcelain plaque
3 3/8 × 2 5/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2017.55
Artist Unknown
Portrait of a Young Officer, n.d.
Ullrich hand painted porcelain plaque
3 5/8 × 3 5/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2017.56
Bill Rauhauser
American, 1918–2017
Melon, 1993
Gelatin silver print
7 3/8 × 7 3/8 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.57