Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs

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Robert Adams (American, b. 1937)
Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs, 1968, printed 1971
Gelatin silver print
6 × 6 in. (15.24 × 15.24 cm)
Purchase M1983.242
Photo credit: P. Richard Eells
© Robert Adams, courtesy of Frankel Gallery, SF, and Matthew Marks Gallery
Not Currently on View

Robert Adams' unvarnished look at the suburban forms infiltrating the postwar western landscape injected a strong dose of reality into perceptions of the American West. Nevertheless, while his images admit traces of rapid land development inside the frame, these elements appear not as anomalies but as part of the natural process of social development. Here a drive-in movie screen folds into the background mountainside silhouette, and the protruding speaker stands recall cacti. The key is Adams' stringent rendering of light, which implies that the transient element is man—not his environment.

Exhibition History
Light Borne in Darkness: Photography Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, November 24, 2015–April 10, 2016.

An American Story: Photography from the Permanant Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 25-November 1992; West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, January 6- February 14, 1993; Rahr West Museum, May 16-June 13, 1993; Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, August 1-September 12, 1993.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.