Monterey Museum of Art Exhibition Focuses On The Group f/64 Photographers

MONTEREY, Calif., June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Monterey Museum of Art is very proud to present In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography, June 16-September 30, 2012 at the MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA, 93940.

Willard Van Dyke, Boxer's Hands, circa 1933, gelatin silver print, courtesy Scott Nichols Gallery, (C) 2012 Willard Van Dyke estate. All rights reserved. (PRNewsFoto/Monterey Museum of Art)

In Sharp Focus: the Legacy of Monterey Photography will be the third in a series of major photography exhibitions organized by the Monterey Museum of Art. In Sharp Focus will examine the Group f/64 photographers—seven innovative northern California artists including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston,Imogen Cunningham, and Alma Lavenson—and their continuing legacy to the Monterey Peninsula. Turning away from the expressive, soft-focused, pictorial style of photography of the early twentieth century, these artists instead delivered realism, precision, high contrast, and intense detail without interpretive manipulation. Their approach was a modernist departure of its time, which revealed the natural world as never before and transformed American photography. Complementing these legendary artists will be works by Wynn Bullock (1902-1975) and by others including Al Weber, John Sexton, Martha Casanave, Bob Kolbrener who are perpetuating the legacy by capturing the magical and evocative subjects of the Montereyregion and beyond.

The success of previous exhibitions—Ansel Adams: Portrait of America (2010) and Edward Weston: American Photographer (2011)—have solidly positioned the Monterey Museum of Art as a leading authority on the history of twentieth century California photography. In Sharp Focus: the Legacy of Monterey Photography will build on this critical and popular acclaim.

Enhancing the exhibition will be educational programs and activities for adults, families and children including: docent-led tours, scholarly lectures, and the Museum’s popular Family Day with free admission and art activities for all ages.

Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, Sunday, 1-4 pm. For more information visitwww.montereyart.org or call 831.372.5477.

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