For Students

Past Exhibitions: 2008

The Infinite Landscape: Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection

September 20, 2008–January 3, 2009

In anticipation of UMMA’s reopening in early 2009, this exhibition will present some of the most compelling landscape images from the Museum’s own renowned collection. Since the dawn of photography, practitioners have used the medium as a tool to make sense of our surroundings and create meaning within the larger world. From a selection of classic views by such artists as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, and William Henry Fox Talbot to the contemporary sublime of Michael Kenna, these images reflect 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists responding to the natural environment. Among the other photographers included are Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, William Jackson, Andre Kertesz, Josef Sudek, and Minor White. The exhibition will also showcase several new acquisitions on view for the first time by Edward Curtis, Peter Henry Emerson, Karl Struss, and Edward Steichen.






Kudzu and Road, Hale County, Alabama

Ansel Adams
Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado, from Portfolio VI
1951
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase, 1974/1.127



Guinea Church, near Moundville, Alabama

Harry Callahan
Cape Cod Beach with Man
1972
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art, 1987/1.260



Old House, near Akron, Alabama

Franco Fontana
Paessaggio Baia Delle Zagare
1983
cibachrome print
Gift of Clayton E. Wilhite, 1987/1.273.6



Gourd Tree, near Fayette, Alabama

Michael Kenna
Filey Early Warning Station
1981
sepia and selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Museum purchase, 1989/2.16



Christmas Star, near Akron, Alabama

Edward Steichen
Balzac
n.d.
photogravure
Museum purchase made possible by the Sarah and Otto Graf Endowment and the Friends of the Museum of Art, 2006/1.155



Christmas Star, near Akron, Alabama

William Henry Fox Talbot
Loch Katrine, from Sun Pictures in Scotland
1844
calotype
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art, 1980/1.144



Christmas Star, near Akron, Alabama

Bret Weston
Landscape, Germany, from the portfolio Brett Weston Europe
1960
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase, 1978/2.34