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Highlights of the Collection: Berenice Abbott, Murray Hill Hotel

Murray Hill Hotel’s composition seems indebted to modernist photography of the period.

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Highlights of the Collection: Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise

Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, c. 1944, 14 3/4 x 19 in., gelatin silver print, gift of Virginia Adams, Scripps College

Ansel Adams woke before dawn for five days in order to capture the key moment of sunrise over the Sierra.

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Highlights of the Collection: Hurrell’s Marlene Dietrich

Dietrich

Hurrell, the master of the glamor shot, worked with Dietrich to create a portrait that incorporates contributions from both.

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Highlights of the Collection: Martinez, La Virgin de San Juan

Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Madonna with Flowers (La Virgen de San Juan), n. d., Gouache, 26 5/8 in. x 23 5/16 in., Gift of Mrs. Doyle Hinton, Scripps College

Artist Alfredo Ramos Martinez sought a miracle for his daughter, and this work embodies that search.

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Highlights of the Collection: House of Shango

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Samella Lewis’s work often grapples with issues of race in the U.S., and The House of Shango is no exception.

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The Landscape of Injustice: Ansel Adams and Manzanar

Ansel Adams,
Manzanar Street Scene, Spring, 1943,
Gelatin silver print,
Reprinted from Library of Congress

Ansel Adams extended his vision of American identity to the interned Japanese-Americans, arguing that they were born free and equal.

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Highlights of the Collection: Vaea Marx, Plate

Vaea Marx, Plate, 1966, Stoneware, 15 x15 x2 ¾ in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer, Scripps College

A member of the French Resistance in WWII and later a cowboy in Australia, Marx studied ceramics in Japan and had a significant impact on the mid-20th century movement to take clay into the arena of fine art.

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Highlights of the Collection: Paul Jacoulet, The Pearls

Paul Jacoulet, The Pearls, Mandchouko, n. d., 20th c, Ink on paper, 15 7/16 in. x 11 13/16 in., Gift of Mrs. Louise Padelford, Scripps College

Jacoulet illustrates the Western interpretation of Eastern life. His style, though beautiful, bears orientalist undertones.

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Highlights of the Collection: Drawing Book of Designs

Kobayashi Eitaku, The Drawing Book of Designs for Everything, Vol. 1 1880-1882, (1843 - 1890), Ink on paper, 9 1/8  x 5 7/8 in. (23.11  x 14.99 cm), Gift of the Eitaku family, Scripps College

From the mythical to the concrete, this volume offers a plethora of designs, created during the late 19th century.

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Highlights of the Collection: Kirk Pederson, Central Avenue

Kirk Pederson, Central Avenue, 1987, Acrylic on canvas, 60 in. x 98 in. x 4 in., Gift of Victoria and Dorn Dean, Scripps College

Photographer Kirk Pederson uses realism to as a tool to bring his works into the realm of abstraction.

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