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.” 

How did quilts made within one of the most conservative, tradition-minded cultural groups in the United States end up as part of Hughes’ discussion of American Modernism? Janneken Smucker, author of “Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon” (Johns Hopkins, 2013), will explore this and other paradoxes of Amish quilts, objects that continue to beguile art enthusiasts as well as tourists visiting Amish country. 

Smucker is assistant professor of history at West Chester University, where she specializes in digital history, public history and American material culture.

Another workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. July 15 at the research center. “Drawing Flowers: Working with the Excitement of Expressive Line,” will be presented by artist Ted Hallman guides participants in the sensitive use of pencils for drafting and charcoal for capturing dimensionality. 

Experience drawing in black and white as a means of heightening color sensitivity. Materials will be provided. $8, $5 for members and business partners. Reservations are recommended.