Museum Featuring ‘Ansel Adams: Masterworks Exhibit’


A photo from the collection of Ansel Adams

Forty-eight photographs of Ansel Adams’ work are on display through June 27 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 10, 2010 — The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum will present “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” beginning March 26.

The public is invited to attend a reception on Wednesday, March 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run through June 27. 

This exhibition includes 48 photographs that Adams himself selected as representative of his best work. Called “The Museum Set,” it reveals the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of natural environments that might not, to the ordinary passing hiker, have revealed their secrets.

Adams is one of the few American artists to have become a household name and is the only photographer to have achieved such an extraordinary level of popular recognition, perhaps in the world. There are dozens of reasons for the popularity of Adams’s photographs, but chief among them is that his work bolsters the human being’s deeply held convictionᾰwhether consciously recognized or notᾰthat place matters.

This exhibit is organized by the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, Calif. Exhibition tour management is provided by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles. The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is the sponsor of this exhibition. Financial assistance for this exhibition has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

ART SLAM!, a lively debate/performance between two individuals centered on this exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. between Dr. Chris Rieger (Department of English) and Dr. Zenon Duda (podiatry). Audience members are encouraged to participate in the debate.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. on the weekends. For additional information, visit or call (573) 651-2260.