WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Corcoran Gallery of Art announces its fall 2007 photography season will feature two special exhibitions -- Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990--2005. Tickets for both shows went on sale July 15, 2007 .
"The Corcoran is hosting a photography season to showcase our collections, curators, professors of photography, degree programs and other educational opportunities in the field of photography at our institution," said Director and President Paul Greenhalgh . "And Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz are two of the most famous photographers who have ever lived."
Opening September 15 , Ansel Adams takes a new look at the work of this important and influential photographer through approximately 125 images drawn from The Lane Collection. Acquired by William H. and Saundra Lane directly from the artist during a 10-year period in the early 1960s and 1970s, the photographs showcase Adams' extraordinary range and span the length of his six-decade career.
Rarely exhibited prints including portraits and documentary images are presented along with several of Adams' iconic landscapes, offering new insight into one of the very few photographers in the history of the medium whose name and images enjoy worldwide recognition. While best known for his dramatic vistas of the American West, Adams is perhaps equally significant as an innovator of modern photography techniques, a tireless advocate for the recognition of photography as a fine art and a passionate leader of the environmental movement in the United States .
Opening October 13 , Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005 includes more than 200 photographs by the celebrated photographer, encompassing well-known portraits made on editorial assignment as well as personal photographs of her family and close friends. "I don't have two lives," Leibovitz says. "This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it."
The exhibition threads together the two sides of the artist's work both chronologically and creatively. It includes a range of works, from portraits of Mikhail Baryshnikov, George W. Bush with members of his cabinet, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt , among many others; to reportage from Sarajevo , the Senate election of Hillary Clinton and the aftermath of September 11th ; to landscapes from the Jordanian desert and the American West. Leibovitz's personal photography documents life with writer Susan Sontag ; the birth and childhood of her three daughters; and her parents and extended family.
Ansel Adams closes on January 27, 2008 , and Annie Leibovitz closes on January 13, 2008 .
The Corcoran's hours of operation are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; closed Tuesday. Tickets cost
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded institution, was founded in 1869 as Washington's first and largest non-federal museum of art. It is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture and the decorative arts. Founded in 1890, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is Washington's only four-year college of art and design offering BFA degrees in Photojournalism, Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography; AFA degrees in Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography; a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching (BFA/MAT); and a two-year Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design or History of Decorative Arts. The College's Continuing Education program offers part-time credit and non-credit classes for children and adults and draws more than 2,500 participants each year.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005
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