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Ansel Adams Exhibit Making Historic Debut at Museum of Texas Tech

Heidi Toth

August 4, 2015

Collector David H. Arrington, a Texas Tech alumnus, is loaning more than 100 of his 650-plus images to the museum for display.

Snake River
Snake River by Ansel Adams

Iconic photographs of the American Southwest from world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams will be on display at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

The exhibit is part of Texas Tech alumnus and Midland oil executive David H. Arrington's collection. Arrington has the largest private collection of Adams photography in the world. While portions of his collection have traveled to museums throughout the world, this is the first time they will be on display in Lubbock.

"It's because I am a Red Raider and I want to give back," he said.

It's a must-see for both art and nature lovers.

"This exhibition stands as an unrivaled occasion for the Museum of Texas Tech to present the work of an artist whose images, even many years after his death, continue to shape our vision of America," said Peter Briggs, the Helen Devitt Jones curator of art. "It is a straightforward but exceptional opportunity: the finest American photographer from the most comprehensive private collection of his work on exhibit for free at the museum. This is a rare event."

The exhibit opens 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the museum, 3301 Fourth St.

David H. Arrington

News conference:

11 a.m. Aug. 11, Gallery 7 at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Enter through the west doors. Parking is free.

Arrington, Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis and Briggs will speak. One-on-one interviews will be available upon request. Information will be made available on which displays have photograph or video limitations.

*** Video and audio recordings of the news conference will be available following the event upon request. ***

Member reception:

7-9 p.m. Aug. 13, Helen Devitt Jones Sculpture Gallery at the museum. The reception is open to members of the Museum of Texas Tech University Association. Arrington and Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan will attend.

To become a member of the association, go to its website.

Arrington speech:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium at the museum. Arrington will speak on Ansel Adams' significance to the art of photography and his influence on the awareness of the Great American West as well as little-known facts about the artist. The event is free and open to the public. Arrive early for seating. Enter through the west doors.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. "Ansel Adams: American Master, Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection" will be on display through Jan. 16. The museum also will host an event with Sarah Adams, the photographer's granddaughter, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

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CONTACT: Jonathan Blackwell, marketing director, Museum of Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1162 or jonathan.blackwell@ttu.edu.