James Van Der Zee: Collecting History

Date: January 31, 2019 - June 2, 2019


Phone: 413-597-2429
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Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive (Route 2)
Williamstown, MA 01267

This exhibition highlights WCMA’s recently-acquired portfolio of eighteen photographs by James Van Der Zee (1886-1983). Born and raised in Lenox, Mass., Van Der Zee served as the foremost chronicler of black life in New York City during the early 20th century. The exhibition showcases WCMA’s holdings alongside works from the special collections of Chapin Library. Together, they reflect on institutional practices of collecting while exploring Van Der Zee’s expansive practice in the genres of fine art, commercial, editorial, and documentary photography.  


James Van Der Zee: Collecting History is presented in collaboration with Special Collections, Sawyer Library.

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