For the first time, a photographer is entering Yosemite as the WPA documentary photographers of the 1930s might, with a shifted priority on people rather than on nature.Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, The Harn Museum of Art
At Yosemite National Park, more than five million annual visitors are supported by thousands of local rangers, workers, and volunteers. Through Yosemite People, a new traveling exhibit, the complex and nuanced relationships between people and Yosemite’s natural wonders come to life. Photographs from award-winning artist Jonas Kulikauskas – who brings his street photography sensibilities to the wilderness – reveal crowds clamoring to take the perfect selfie with Half Dome in the background and families cooling off in Tenaya Creek, while servers prep for diners at the Ahwahnee Hotel and rangers patrol the expansive Park. Traditions and history, too, are preserved through these images; Kulikauskas captures master basket weaver Julia Parker before her retirement, as well as Yosemite Valley Stables (where horseback riding tours are no longer allowed). Augmenting these images are text panels with oral histories from visitors to and workers in Yosemite, as well as historic images from Eadweard Muybridge, Ansel Adams, and Carleton Watkins to provide context for photography of the Park.
All together, the exhibit illustrates the ways in which people interact with natural resources and wilderness – even one as “pristine” as Yosemite National Park. Through this exhibit, your visitors will contemplate two essential questions: How can five million annual visitors experience Yosemite – and, by extension, our natural world – without harming it? How do our experiences with nature impact the way we understand ourselves?
Jonas Kulikauskas is an award-winning artist, photographer, and author, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo museum show at the National Čiurlionis Gallery of Art, Lithuania, in 2012. Since 2002, Kulikauskas has been a faculty member at ArtCenter College of Design, where he received the Samsung Faculty Enrichment Grant for Yosemite People. Learn more about the project here, and read a review of the book here.
The exhibition’s themes include:
- Environmental Impact
- Preserving Legacy, Cultures, and Traditions
- Leisure in the Park
- Working and Living in Yosemite
- Photography and its Impact on National Parks
This exhibit is also available as an online exhibit! Book the online exhibit as a stand-alone experience, or pair it with the physical exhibit when you host. Visit our online exhibits page to learn more.
Yosemite People is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy and photographer Jonas Kulikauskas.
- Rental Fee:
- $2,500 + shipping for an 8-week booking
- 1,000 sq. ft.
- Installation Images:
- View Here
- 42 framed photographs, largely measuring 28″W x 22″H
- 4 framed replicas of historic photographs of Yosemite by Muybridge, Adams, Watkins, and others
- Interpretive text panels, including an introduction, first-person stories from Yosemite rangers, and historic context for Yosemite photography
- Hands-on objects related to rangers’ and visitors’ stories to inspire conversation
- Gallery hardcover copy of Yosemite People, released in August 2017
- Digital image files for large-scale projection
- Exhibition press kit with digital images
- Resources and programming suggestions
Schedule and Availability
June 14, 2020 – July 31, 2021
The California Museum, Sacramento, CA (extended)
March 13, 2022 – May 8, 2022
May 29, 2022 – July 24, 2022
La Quinta Museum, La Quinta, CA
August 14, 2022 – October 16, 2022
The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
November 6, 2022 – January 1, 2023
January 22, 2023 – March 19, 2023
April 9, 2023 – June 4, 2023
June 25, 2023 – August 20, 2023
September 10, 2023 – November 5, 2023
November 26, 2023 – January 21, 2024
February 18, 2024 – April 14, 2024
June 2, 2024 – August 18, 2024 (11 weeks)
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, Temple, TX
September 8, 2024 – November 3, 2024
November 24, 2024 – January 19, 2025
This show will travel beyond 2024! Contact us to discuss booking dates for 2025+.