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Wiley & Adams-7-14-23-image.pngKEHINDE WILEY: AN ARCHEOLOGY OF SILENCE

American artist Kehinde Wiley’s new body of paintings and sculptures confronts the silence surrounding systemic violence against Black people through the visual language of the fallen figure. It expands on his 2008 series, Down — a group of large-scale portraits of young Black men inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Dead Christ in the Tomb (1521–1522). Wiley investigates the iconography of death and sacrifice in Western art, tracing it across religious, mythological, and historical subjects. In An Archaeology of Silence, the senseless deaths of men and women around the world are transformed into a powerful elegy of resistance. The resulting paintings of figures struck down, wounded, or dead, referencing iconic paintings of mythical heroes, martyrs, and saints, offer a haunting meditation on the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism.

Looking forward and back, this exhibition of more than 100 works by photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams (1902–1984) places him in direct conversation with contemporary artists and the photographers who influenced him. Laid out in seven sections tracing Adams’s artistic development, the exhibition features some of his most-loved photographs, including images of Yosemite, San Francisco, and the American Southwest. Adams’s works are shown alongside prints by 19th-century landscape photographers, such as Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, as well as contemporary artists like Trevor Paglen, Will Wilson, and Catherine Opie. Their work engages anew with the sites and subjects that occupied Adams throughout his life — from national parks to the use and misuse of natural resources. Adams’s legacy continues to inspire and provoke, influencing how we envision the landscape and serving as an urgent call to preserve our environment.

Trip Details:

Bus arrives at 7:45 am and will be departing from the FRESNO ART MUSEUM at 8:00 am sharp, returning at approximately 10:00 pm. (Security on duty in parking lot from 7 to 11 pm.)

Bus Excursion:  $165 members / $175 non-members

Includes round trip bus, a breakfast snack, entrance to de Young Museum (including special ticketed exhibitions), and a stop at Santana Row in San Jose en route home to Fresno. (Lunch at de Young and dinner at Santana Row on your own.)

Booking Deadline for Registration:  Wednesday 6.28.23, 5 pm

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Click here to buy your ticket on our secure shopsite.

Note that after registering online at our Shopsite you will receive a form via email requesting more details including emergency contact information for each traveler, names and phone numbers of traveling companions, any special needs museum staff should be aware of, and a release of liability. The completed registration form must be returned to FAM via email, fax, or mail before you will be allowed to board the bus.


Prior to the trip, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator Michele Ellis Pracy will give a talk and PowerPoint presentation on Kehinde Wiley and Ansel Adams via Zoom on Wednesday, July 12 at 5 pm. Free to all.

Register for the talk at https://rb.gy/twm4r and receive a link to join. A direct link can also be found on our website.