The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis is touting a record-breaking exhibit. Officials say a recent showing of prints from renowned photographer Ansel Adams drew approximately 88,000 visitors over the last five months. August 13, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art today announced that Ansel Adams, the exhibit featuring 80 hand-picked images by the iconic photographer, was the museum's best attended show in its 25-year history. Ansel Adams helped attract nearly 88,000 visitors from March to August – a 40-percent increase from Guitars: Roundups to Rockers, the museum's previous exhibit attendance record holder.

“I'm thrilled to see our museum hit such an extraordinary milestone during its 25th anniversary,” said John Vanausdall, president and CEO of the Eiteljorg. “Ansel Adams appealed to lots of regular visitors, but the shows we had to complement it – like Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo and Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, really gave our guests a welcomed and unexpected surprise.”

Blake Little, which featured dozens of photographs from gay rodeos from 1988 to 1992, closed in July. Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison is the first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist. It runs until Sunday, September 21.

The museum's next major summer exhibit, Gold! Riches and Ruin, opens in spring 2015. This exhibit will explore the historical and cultural significance of gold in the American West. It will feature objects and images that tell the stories of people, their relationships with the landscape, and the gold they sought and took from it.

But visitors will not have to wait six months for another unforgettable experience at the Eiteljorg. This year is chock full of exhibits and events for everyone from new and experienced art collectors to families, couples and “culture vultures.”

About the Eiteljorg

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. This year, the Eiteljorg celebrates 25 years of telling amazing stories. The museum’s 25thanniversary is presented by Oxford Financial Group. LTD. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

Source: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

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