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Throwback Thursday | 2001 Ansel Adams at the Eiteljorg

by Jan Eason, Eiteljorg education services coordinator | Feb 20, 2014

 Eiteljorg education services coordinator Jan Eason was there in 2001 when the museum opened its first exhibition of the photographs of Ansel Adams. Jan snapped a picture of the line that formed outside the Eiteljorg. She couldn't believe the amount of people who'd flooded the front of the building to see the work of one of the most celebrated photographers of all time.
 



“We need all staff to come to the museum entrance!” 

Wow!!!! Just getting to the entrance was a challenge with all the visitors in the lobby.  Nothing like this had happened in my time with the museum.  I had to take pictures and so I did with my instamatic camera.  Ansel Adam’s work resonated with our visitors. The galleries were full with intent viewers and conversations on the work, techniques, and wondering if they could take home images.

The response was truly overwhelming and everyone on the staff was proud.

All our work and concern was validated.  The dedicated store was a hit. Staff worked the line outside -  welcoming and informing visitors about memberships  - and that they could enter immediately. The wait seemed shorter when they could ask questions and chat. This excitement continued during the run of the exhibit. When departing so many smiling visitors said ,”We’ll be back!”

I had no inkling that this would be the first of many such successful future shows and events at the Eiteljorg. Ansel Adams returns to the Eiteljorg March 1.

(Pictured above: Ansel Adams at Washburn Pt., photograph by Jim Alinder)

 - This blog post was written by 23-year Eiteljorg employee and Rose Award recipient Jan Eason.



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