An Ansel Adams in Our Time Exhibition Primer

March 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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The Arnold Newman Distinguished Lecturer in Photography Endowment series
Dr. Rebecca Senf in Conversation with Dr. Julia Dolan

Virtually join Dr. Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography, who will speak with Dr. Rebecca Senf, our first Arnold Newman Distinguished Lecturer in Photography of 2021, for a grounding conversation about Ansel Adams and his photography before Ansel Adams in Our Time opens for in-person viewing. Dr. Senf will join us from Tucson, AZ, where she is the Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the renowned photography museum, archive, and study center co-founded by Adams in 1975. A recognized scholar on Adams’s life and work, Dr. Senf will discuss her recent publication, Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams, her work at the CCP, and previous exhibitions of Adams’s photographs she’s curated over the years. Additionally, Drs. Senf and Dolan will talk about Dr. Senf’s time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she co-curated the major exhibition Ansel Adams while completing her doctoral dissertation on Adams’s early photography.

Dr. Rebecca Senf is Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Her B.A. in Art History is from the University of Arizona; her M.A. and Ph.D. were awarded by Boston University. In 2012, her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press; in 2017, her book To Be Thirteen, showcasing the work of Betsy Schneider, was published by Radius Press and Phoenix Art Museum. Senf is an Ansel Adams scholar, and recently published a book on Ansel Adams’s early years, called Making a Photographer, copublished by the CCP and Yale University Press.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

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Becky Senf
Photo: Sean Deckert