• Ansel Adams: Museum Set: Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument, California, 1948, 1979–81; gelatin silver print; 17 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Darryl T. and Karolyn Roberson.

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Five Tables of Earth, Rock, Sand, and Dirt

If the meek shall inherit the earth, our study center collections show what a grand—also rocky, sandy, and dirty—inheritance this might be. On view this session: the poster for Walter De Maria’s iconic installation The New York Earth Room; a stunning photograph of sand dunes by Ansel Adams; Robert Watts’s Fluxus kit Rocks Marked by Weight; James Ensor’s scabrous etching Peste dessous, peste dessus, peste partout (Pollution Under, Pollution Over, Pollution All Around); Barbara Bloom’s conceptual puzzle THOUGHTS ABOUT: the difficulty in extracting iron from Dutch sand and other things for Alice Hutchins; and more!