Ansel Adams, El Capitan, Sunrise, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California, 1968 (printed 1976), gelatin silver print, 19 5/16 in. x 15 7/16 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Ernest Gibitz.
Masumi Hayashi, Manzanar Relocation Camp, Monument, Inyo, California, 1995, panoramic photo collage of chromogenic prints, 48 in. x 92 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund.
Richard Misrach, Lake Mead by Starlight, 1997 (printed 2001), chromogenic print, 45 1/2 in. x 57 1/2 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Anonymous Gift.
Marilyn Bridges, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, 1995, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Antony James Ellman.
Robert Glenn Ketchum, CVNRA #788A-B, from the Federal Lands series, 1988, cibachrome prints, 24 in. x 60 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Purchased with funds from The George Gund Foundation.
"Our Land is a refreshingly candid look at the landscapes and special places we as a nation can visit and cherish in our own ways. While the show does not further the more awe-inspiring parts of our national aesthetic, it does help to provide a realistic view and forces the patron to ask some questions, look more closely and to figure out how to value our natural world."—Anderson Turner, Akron Beacon Journal
The majestic views of unspoiled landscapes offered by our country's national parks have inspired countless artists. This August marks the centennial of the National Park Service, established to conserve natural and historic scenery by leaving it "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations," as stated in the Congressional act that founded the agency. In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the Akron Art Museum exhibits photographs of these lands belonging to all United States citizens. Many of the artists represented in Our Land composed their images with both aesthetics and advocacy in mind; photography has been instrumental in lobbying government officials for parkland preservation for decades. In addition to historic photographs by artists including Ansel Adams and Carleton E. Watkins, Our Land will feature contemporary landscape photography demonstrating that National Park Service land continues to spur new aesthetic explorations.
Our Land is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the museum’s Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions and Ohio Arts Council.