Nature Meets Art in OKC MOA’s New Ansel Adams/Brett Weston Exhibit

by Malena Lott

In today’s age of “Instagramming” an unusual twisted tree or every gorgeous flower we encounter and then adding a filter to make it “arty”, we may have forgotten how IMG_0316revolutionary – and timeless – the work of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston truly are. The early 20th century photographers chose nature as their subjects to breathtaking results. Ansel Adams (1902-1984) made over 40,000 photographs and was active in the Sierra Club and was instrumental in creating the first museum photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. View the video above for the exhibit introduction and spotlight by OKC MOA curator Alison Amick.


Brett Weston (1911-1993) got his start in the United States Army as a Signal Corps photographer.  Weston’s work is a perfect complement to Adams thanks to his use of contrast imagery. The exhibit Land, Sea, and Sky, is a collection of recent gifts from the Christian Keesee Collection and introduces many of us to his stunning work.

Weston said, “Like anyone else, I think something of flawless beauty is marvelous, but imperfection and irregularity can be equally stunning when captured by the photographic image.”

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The exhibit runs from March 15-June 1 so make plans to visit before it’s gone.


Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.
Closed: Monday and Major Holidays (New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day)


Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Museum Cafe Tea: 3-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday)
Closed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day


Members: Free
Adults: $12
Seniors (62+): $10
College Students (with ID): $10
Military (with ID): $5
Children (ages 6-18): $10
Children (ages five and under): Free
Tours (15 or more): $7 per person
Senior Tours (15 or more): $6.50 per person
School Tours (15 or more): $3 per person

Art After 5pm, Thursdays, 5-9 pm, $5 admission (no other discounts apply)
*Admission is not required to visit the Museum Cafe or Museum Store

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