DEC 2, 2015–MAY 29, 2016


Brett Weston, Dune, 1934
Brett Weston, Dune, 1934

Brett Weston

Dune, 1934

Group F/64

Featuring photographs by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Paul Edwards, Alma Lavenson, Sonya Noskowiak, Brett Weston, and Edward Weston.

Group F/64 was a collective of early 20th-century Bay Area photographers who shared a modernist photographic style characterized by sharp-focused and closely cropped images seen through a particularly Northern Californian point of view. Featuring work from MCAM’s permanent collection, this student-curated exhibition examines the work of innovative photographers who pioneered straight photograph as an art form.

Imogen Cunningham, Magnolia Blossom, 1925
Imogen Cunningham, Magnolia Blossom, 1925

Imogen Cunningham

Magnolia Blossom

The exhibition showcases MCAM’s unique holdings and demonstrates the connections between Mills and this pioneering group of photographers. In Focus features images taken on Mills’ campus as well as portraits of innovative visiting artists and faculty, including musician Henry Cowell and muralist Diego Rivera. Work in the exhibition also demonstrates the influence of Albert Bender, the San Francisco philanthropist who helped found MCAM in 1925 and who financed Ansel Adams’ first portfolio of photographs. The selected photographs highlight iconic modernist images, including botanicals by Imogen Cunningham, as well as more unusual examples of the artists’ work, such as early portraits by Ansel Adams.

This exhibition is curated by Mills students Eliza Ayres, Iona de la Torre, Melony Ford, Akari Goda-Maurezzutt, Veronica Lopez Moreno Chavez, and Sarah Renning and is accompanied by a digital exhibition catalogue.