Timeline

1887
Born Zorach Samovich in Eurbick, Lithuania
1893
Samovich family immigrates to Cleveland, Ohio; family adopts “Finkelstein” as new surname
1908–1910
Moves to New York to study art at the National Academy of Design
1910–1911
Travels to Paris and enrolls at La Palette, an art school; at La Palette meets future wife and artist, Marguerite Thompson; he and Marguerite participate in group exhibition at Salon d’Automne, Paris; William returns to Cleveland
1912
Moves to New York and marries Marguerite; they adopt surname of “Zorach” (William’s original given name)
1913
Participates in the groundbreaking Armory Show, New York, an important exhibition that brings modern European art to America; summers in Chappaqua, New York, 1913-1914
1915–1916
Joint exhibition with Marguerite at Daniel Gallery, New York
1916
Participates in “The Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters” at Anderson Galleries, New York; summers in art colony of Provincetown, Massachusetts where he and Margeurite paint and design scenery for the Provincetown Players; continues to summer in Provincetown during 1921, 1922 and 1923
1917–1919
Included in group show at Society of Independent Artists, New York; his interest in sculpture yields his first carving; summers in New Hampshire and works on tapestries with Marguerite, 1918; rekindles friendship with John Marin; summers in Maine, 1919
1920
Travels with Marguerite to California; sketches and paints at Yosemite National Park
1921–1922
Exhibits in group show at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; joint exhibition with Marguerite at Dayton Museum of Art, Ohio, 1922
1927
Exhibits work at Edith Halpert’s Downtown Gallery, New York (frequently shows there until gallery closes in 1967); joint exhibition with wife at Provincetown Art Association; included in group exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago (regularly exhibits there until 1951)
1929–1930
Starts teaching at the Art Students League, New York, continuing until 1960; included in annual group exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and again in 1934, 1939 to 1942
1932
Group exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1933–1934
Group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Downtown Gallery
1937
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, purchases granite sculpture
1938
Helps to spearhead The Sculptors’ Guild, an organization that fosters young sculptors and assists them in exhibiting their work
1943
Downtown Gallery, solo exhibition of sculptures made from marble and granite; receives favorable reviews
1945–1946
Solo exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; visiting artist (with Marguerite) at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; joint exhibition with Marguerite at California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
1948
Retrospective at Art Students League in honor of his 21st year of teaching at the League
1952
Metropolitan Museum of Art purchases sculpture
1959
Retrospective at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1966
Dies in Bath, Maine, on November 15th
1968
Marguerite Zorach dies in New York on June 27th