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O’Keeffe displays Ansel Adams, workshops

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For the “Breakfast with O’Keeffe” series, the museum will present the David H. Arrington Ansel Adams Collection, 8:30-9:45 a.m. July 17 at the museum, 217 Johnson St.

This collection is the most comprehensive group of original Ansel Adams photographs ever assembled by a private collector. The contents range from Adams’ first photograph, made at age 12, to superlative examples of Adams’ masterworks, showcasing hundreds of unknown images that convey the full scope of Adams’ extraordinary vision. 

John Beauland and Andy Smith of Andrew Smith Gallery will talk about the work in conjunction with the Hawai‘i pictures on view in the Museum galleries. Free with museum admission. 

A workshop “Amish Quilts: The Story of America’s ‘First Abstract Art’ will be 6 p.m. July 14 at the Museum Research Center, 135 Grant Ave. 

In “American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America” (Knopf, 1997), art critic Robert Hughes refers to old Amish bed coverings as “America’s first major abstract art.”