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The Fralin Museum Hosts Special Tour on Ansel Adams on Sept. 28

Guest curator William Sherman will give a special tour on the exhibition “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” on Sept. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

Sherman is professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, an associate vice president for research and the founding director of U.Va.’s OpenGrounds initiative.

The exhibition features original works by legendary American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) on loan from the Meredith Collection. Documenting the arc of his prolific career between the late 1920s and the early 1980s, the collection includes Adams’ early works as well as masterworks from his most productive period, dating from the late 1930s through the 1950s.

The exhibition reveals Adams’ passionate devotion to the American landscape and the technical precision that defined his work. He had a profound impact on the medium, coupling photography’s unique capacity to capture a singular perception with his recognition of the beauty, importance and fragility of the landscapes he recorded.

This exhibition is made possible by Lynn and Tom Meredith, who have loaned their collection to support the arts and environmental understanding at U.Va. The exhibition was co-curated by Sherman and William Wylie, adjunct curator of photography for The Fralin Museum of Art and associate chair for studio art and professor of photography in the McIntire Department of Art, part of U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Sherman’s teaching and design research examine dynamic cultural and environmental processes through synergies between architectural design and complex systems ranging in scale from human physiology to global energy flows.

Sherman’s work has been published internationally and has received numerous awards, including six from the American Institute of Architects, five for design excellence at the national, state and local levels and one for excellence in education. In 2010, he was awarded the Z Society Distinguished Faculty Award and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Creative Achievement Award.

The Fralin Museum of Art schedules special tours on the third or fourth Saturday of every month, offering opportunities to join faculty, curators and scholars as they explore a variety of focused topics related to museum collections and exhibitions.

These Saturday special tours are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050, or email museumoutreach@virginia.edu. The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda.

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