Are you a fan of Ansel Adams' iconic black-and-white Western landscape photography? Right now, you have a chance to see dozens of his vintage prints dating from the 1920s to the '50s. The San Jose Museum of Art will be the only West Coast stop on the Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibition tour. Most of the prints are held by private collectors. These include the earliest known extant version of Clearing Winter Storm and two contrasting prints of Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. They will be on view in San Jose through February 28, 2010. Admission is $8 per adult, $5 for students or seniors; children under 6 are free. You can also catch the exhibition in Park City, UT at the Kimball Art Center from November 5, 2010 through January 5, 2011.
Wanna know a secret? You can also see rare original Ansel Adams prints year-round at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley. Call (209) 372-4413 in advance to arrange for a curator to escort you into the gallery's back room on the 'Fine Print' tour. The tour is limited to 5 people -- and it's totally free. The gallery also sponsors free guided photography walks (max. 15 people), but only during summer, usually starting around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. For details and up-to-date schedules, check the gallery website or the national park's free seasonal newspaper, the Yosemite Guide, which is also downloadable online.
Photo: Half Dome, from Clouds Rest (Michael Connolly, Jr.)