The Capital Group Foundation (CGF), collaborating with Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Stanford University’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, makes its collection available for educational purposes and exhibitions.
Since 1982, CGU has displayed works from the Foundation’s collection in academic and administrative buildings where they are easily accessible to students.
Since 1991, the curatorial staff at the Cantor Arts Center has assisted CGF in arranging for exhibitions of its photographic collection. Part of the Foundation’s photography collection is on long-term loan to the Cantor Center as a study collection.
Since the late 1990s, the direction of the CGF collection has become focused increasingly on photography. Between 1998 and 2000, a 75-image museum set by Ansel Adams was added to the Foundation’s collection, followed by a collection of project prints by Edward Weston in 2002.
In conjunction with Claremont Graduate University, in 1997 CGF was given the opportunity to print photographs from Edward Curtis’s original glass negatives. The initial printing of 51 images reflects a broad representation of Curtis’s work and includes portraits and landscapes. A second round of printing was completed in 2004 and yielded 65 photographs, exclusively portraits.
With curatorial advice from the Cantor Arts Center staff, CGF has purchased significant collections of photography by John Gutmann, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks and Helen Levitt. In each case, the artist and/or artist’s representative has been involved in the selection of a collection of representative images. Individual collections have since been exhibited at a number of museums and galleries nationally.
Today the Capital Group Foundation’s collection encompasses the work of photographers who, through subjects ranging from landscapes and urban street scenes, have captured quintessential images of America. It is the objective of the Foundation to further share this collection of images rich in American history and artistic innovation.
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