Robert Adams | The Place We Live | Yale University Art Gallery - Chronology (1978)
Yale University Art Gallery
Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Photographs in Wyoming, Utah, California, and Colorado for the AT&T centenary project to document the American landscape.

“West of Grand Junction, Colorado—October: Alone down a silent road in sagebrush country this morning. Hot; no sound of wind or bird or insect. There had earlier been an oil company helicopter, its beating noise suddenly audible behind rimrock to the east; it came low and fast, and was almost at once gone over a hill to the west. Then the silence returned, absolute.”
—From notes made in 1978

His work is included in the exhibition Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“As I understand my job, it is, while suggesting order, to make things appear as much as possible to be the way they are in normal vision. My goal is to suggest the potential not of some piece of camera gear, but of our eyes.”
—From a lecture given at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1978

Exhibition Prairie opens at the Denver Art Museum.

“Kerstin would have made a perfect ranch wife—tan, tall, straight, soft-spoken, gentle, quiet, never a complainer (unlike me), always alert to animals and the beauty of the sky.”
—From notes made in 1978

Publishes Prairie.

Begins taking pictures that eventually appear in the 1983 monograph Our Lives and Our Children.

“How many motel rooms, airport terminals, road sides . . . in how many places have I been unable to do anything, just sitting there for fright.”
—From notes made in 1979

Exhibition Prairie opens at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.