Robert Adams | The Place We Live | Yale University Art Gallery - Chronology (1989)
Yale University Art Gallery
Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Retrospective exhibition To Make It Home: Photographs of the American West, 1965–1986 opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Places an ad in the Daily Astorian urging the town to preserve its character in the face of pressure from developers.

Publishes To Make It Home.

Photographs beaches at the Columbia River mouth, the westernmost point reached by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805.

Reviews Molly Nesbit’s Atget’s Seven Albums for the Times Literary Supplement; it is the only thoroughly negative response he ever writes: “Nesbit seems unaware that artists . . . rarely begin substantial . . . pictures out of an interest in a concept. . . . I think she should have looked longer at the trees.”

“Among the facts that matter: the smell of coffee, the call of geese, the blue of wild asters.”

“Art should finally be encouraging. That’s the promise that brings people to museums. And since lies are finally discouraging, that means art should be truthful. Truthful and affirmative, presumably even about what has happened to most of the landscape. I wonder if I’m up to that anymore.”
—From notes made in 1993