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Appreciating Ansel Adams at UNLV’s Barrick Museum

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The amazing landscapes captured by Ansel Adams are on display at the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV.
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Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail
Through March 5, free
Marjorie Barrick Museum
UNLV, 895-3381

Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum features work from the photographer’s long career and many sojourns. It should give visitors exactly what they want in an Adams exhibit: breathtaking clarity of nature at its most romantic. There’s a 1960 winter in Yosemite Valley, a 1941 moonrise in Hernandez, New Mexico, Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake in 1975 and other natural landscapes captured in stark realism and high contrast. On loan from Bank of America, the exhibit feels like a note from the late environmentalist and photographer on the way life might be if we just chilled out a little, threw aside our greed and started managing the reconstructed and defaced Las Vegas Valley. While we were out destroying our topsoil and carving into mountains, Adams embraced every texture of each vista far more stunning and grandiose than any construction company or casino could ever produce.

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