Yale University Art Gallery
Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs features over three hundred prints from the Gallery’s master sets of the photographer’s work, along with an array of his monographs. The exhibition traces Adams’s deep engagement with the geography of the American West, weaving together various aspects of over four decades of work into a cohesive, epic narrative of the American experience.

Each of the photographer’s major projects are represented in the exhibition, including his seminal work in the rapidly expanding suburbs of Colorado Springs and Denver, his elegiac portrayal of a once-verdant paradise in southern California choked by violence and smog, and his meditations on the promise and ruin of the Pacific Northwestern region that Adams now calls home. Taken as a whole, the exhibition elucidates the photographer’s civic goals: to consider the privilege of the place we were given and the obligations of citizenship—not only in the western United States but also, by extension, in the wider world.

Robert Adams: The Place We Live was organized by Joshua Chuang, Assistant Curator of Photographs, and Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director, both of the Yale University Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a three-volume retrospective publication of the same title, as well as the retrospective monograph What Can We Believe Where?: Photographs of the American West. For more information on these publications, click here.

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