Situating Robert Adams

“Buffalo, WY” Peter Brown

Robert Adams – one of the most celebrated chroniclers of Denver and the American West – influenced a generation of landscape photographers following his 1975 “New Topographics” exhibition in Rochester, NY. “Situating Robert Adams,” opening at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center November 4, 2011, uses the occasion of his current retrospective at the Denver Art Museum to learn about his influence on photographers imaging the western landscape today.

Artists: Peter Brown, Houston TX; Danae Falliers, Denver CO; Patti Hallock, Denver CO; Greg Mac Gregor, Santa Fe NM; Roddy MacInnes, Louisville CO; Jessie Paige, Denver CO; Richard van Pelt, Boulder CO; Willy Sutton, Boulder CO.

Exhibition Dates: November 4 – December 17, 2011
Public Reception: Friday, November 4, 5-8pm. Free

Willy Sutton

“Reading Robert Adams” Events:
Wed, October 26, 6 pm::  Beauty in Photography” with Eric Paddock. Location: Denver Art Museum. $15/$13 CPAC/WWA/DAM members.
Wed, November 9, 7 pm: “Why People Photograph” with Roddy MacInnes & Jessie Paige. Location: CPAC.  $5/$3 CPAC/WWA/DAM members.
Wed, November 30, 7 pm: “Along Some Rivers” with Patti Hallock. Location: CPAC.  $5/$3 CPAC/WWA/DAM members.

Receive $2 off admission to the Denver Art Museum!

“Ryan Dam” Greg Mac Gregor

Gallery Tour and panel discussion:
Sat, November 19, 3 pm: with Danae Falliers, Richard van Pelt, and Willy Sutton. Free

For “Situating Robert Adams,” curator Rupert Jenkins chose eight regional photographers whose works are diverse yet complimentary in approach, and which span a period of almost four decades, 1977-2011. The visual relationships between traditional and non-traditional landscape photography, and the progression of strategies used by each photographer during their careers, are informed by a series of questions and answers that lend insight into the exact nature of Adams’ influence on each artist and their work.

“High Plains 1” Danae Falliers

Collectively, Peter Brown, Danae Falliers, Patti Hallock, Greg Mac Gregor, Roddy MacInnes, Jessie Paige, Willy Sutton, and Richard van Pelt convey images of concern and admiration for the landscape that mirror those of Adams, a self-styled “democratic socialist” for whom content and aesthetics are essential elements of every meaningful image. To what degree Adams inspired each of them individually lies at the heart of this exhibition.

Rupert Jenkins (curator) is Exhibitions Director and Board Chair of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. His most recent curatorial projects are Warhol in Colorado (co-curator with Dan Jacobs/catalog editor, Myhren Gallery, January 2011), and Double Diptych (Vertigo Art Space, March 2011).

Curator statement here

“Backyard Corner” Patti Hallock