In 1964, former UC President Clark Kerr commissioned Ansel Adams to photograph the state of the University one hundred years after its founding. The most memorable outcome of this project was the 1967 book
/Fiat Lux/. Kerr also designed California's famous Master Plan for Higher Education and was responsible for opening three of the nine campuses that were then in the UC system. This exhibition will display several dozen of these photographs in the context of Kerr's Fiat Lux project and his greater vision for public higher education in California.
This exhibit--part of the "On the Same Page" program--will create a prism through which we can see both the historic legacy of the University of California and refractions of its prospective futures. Through lectures, symposia, curricular outreach, documentary film, oral history, and new artistic responses to the collection, the Fiat Lux Redux exhibition is designed to stimulate widespread public engagement that will help the University both meet and make the California civilization that, as Adams and Newhall said, is rushing towards us from the future.
Curated by Catherine Cole.
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