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Photography: Fiat Lux redux—Ansel Adams and the University Of California

When: September 27, 2012–February 28, 2013

Where: The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

In 1963, the University of California regents hired photographer Ansel Adams and writer Nancy Newhall to depict the university’s future — a collaboration that resulted in the 1967 publication Fiat Lux. This exhibit, Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and the University Of California, is part of the College of Letters and Science’s “On the Same Page” program for new students.

Featuring original prints by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, this is an exhibition of rarely-seen images of the University of California System in the 1960s. The images — commissioned by former UC President Clark Kerr, and published in the 1967 book Fiat Lux which celebrated the educational system’s centennial — offer a rarely seen look at the evolution of the renowned University of California system through the eye of a master photographer best known for his iconic California landscapes. The exhibition also showcases related archival materials about the controversial Kerr himself, and the evolution of his ideas and ideals.

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