Conversation in Art and Nature

Ansel Adams in Our Time artworks in de Young museum gallery

Installation view of Ansel Adams in Our Time, San Francisco, 2023. Photograph by Randy Dodson

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Members at the Partner and Enthusiast levels are invited to a panel discussion, inspired by Ansel Adams in Our Time. This event is presented in partnership with the Sierra Club.

As a dedicated artist-activist, Ansel Adams is credited as a driving force in the preservation of American wilderness. Cyntia Karnes, our head of paper conservation, will share the ways in which Adams’ interest in sustainability extended to his photographic practice and the field of photograph preservation. Chance Cutrano, chair of the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter, will trace Adams’ inspiring journey in photography and conservation and explore the legacy he’s left for the environmental movement in the United States.

After the panel discussion, members may enjoy after-hours access to Ansel Adams in Our Time, which presents more than 100 of Adams’ iconic works alongside those of 23 contemporary artists.

About the speakers

Chance Cutrano is an award-winning Bay Area environmentalist who currently serves as the chair of the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter, as well as director of programs at the Resource Renewal Institute. Cutrano’s work centers around large landscape conservation, from the preservation of wildlife in national parks to restoration of biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems.

Cyntia Karnes joined the Fine Arts Museums as head of paper conservation in March 2023. She earned a master of science from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware in Art Conservation in 1999, and has previously held positions in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art Washington, DC, among others.


  • Museum doors open at 6:45 pm
  • 7 – 8 pm \ Panel discussion and Q+A in Koret Auditorium
  • 8 – 9 pm \ Exhibition viewing

Ticket info

RSVP at or 415.750.3636

Capacity is limited. Reservations are required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To request accessibility accommodations, please reach out to by Friday, June 2.

This invitation is limited to two adults and all youth under 17 in the household. Member benefits are non transferable and are valid with current membership.

This event is at the de Young museum. The Legion of Honor museum will not be open for extended hours on June 15.

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