Once In a Lifetime

Ansel Adams, Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California, circa 1938, gelatin-silver print, 14 3/4 x 19 ¼ in., Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, Calif.; Image courtesy Collection Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, © 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Odds are you’ve seen prints of his work, majestic American landscapes from Yosemite to Death Valley, all photographed in black and white.

Here’s your chance to see the real thing, as “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” opens at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Feb. 4.

“We feel extremely fortunate to be able to present this set of photographs, hand-selected and personally printed by the artist himself, to our visitors,” said Linda Dougherty, NCMA curator of contemporary art.

“The featured photographs — breathtaking views and impressive depictions of America’s landscapes — reveal the importance Adams placed on the overwhelming power and beauty of the natural world.”

The late Adams, whose career spanned five decades, is one of America’s most renowned photographers. This exhibition focuses on his Museum Set, a collection of 48 photographs he selected as a representation his best.

They included his iconic images of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park; the Golden Gate in San Francisco; Monument Valley in Arizona; and the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

“Ansel Adams: Masterworks” runs through May 7.


Ticketed with the Adams exhibit, and opening on March 4, is “Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470–1520,” featuring 50 paintings by such masters as Giorgione, Giovanni Bellini, and Vittore Carpaccio, many of which have never been seen outside of Venice.

“This is the first exhibition solely devoted to Italian art ever presented at the Museum, and it’s a stunner,” said David Steel, NCMA curator of European art and co-curator of the exhibition.

“For the first time in its history, the Accademia museum in Venice, which owns the foremost collection of Venetian art in the world, has agreed to lend a substantial group of its treasures to America, and we are delighted to be one of two venues for this important exhibition.”

In addition to the paintings will be a display of early Venetian printed books lent from the rare book collections at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, and the spectacular woodcut by Jacopo de’ Barbari, the bird’s-eye “View of Venice.”

“Glory of Venice” runs through June 18.

Tickets can be purchased at ncartmuseum.org, by calling (919) 715-5923, or at the NCMA box office at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

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