William Christenberry

(American, b. 1936)

coleman's cafe, greensboro, alabama by william christenberry

William Christenberry

Coleman's Cafe, Greensboro, Alabama, 1973

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double cola sign, beale street, memphis, tn by william christenberry

William Christenberry

Double Cola Sign, Beale Street, Memphis, TN, 1966

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magenta car, havana, alabama by william christenberry

William Christenberry

Magenta Car, Havana, Alabama, 1976

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side of red building in forest, hale co., alabama by william christenberry

William Christenberry

Side of Red Building in Forest, Hale Co., Alabama, 1984

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Biography

Timeline

1936
Born in Tuscaloosa, USA
1954 - 1959
Studied at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Bachelor of Fine Arts (1958) and Master of Arts in painting (1959)
1958 - 1959
Christenberry had begun taking pictures with a simple Brownie camera
Taught at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
1962
Assistant professor of Art at Memphis State University. Began friendship with William Eggleston. First drawings and paintings for the "Klan Room."
1982
Lyndhurst Foundation
1984
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1989
Alabama Prize
1994
Art Matters, Inc., grant
1998
Honorary doctor of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Lives and works in Washington D.C.

Exhibitions

2010
Southern Artifacts, Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, USA (solo)
William Christenberry, Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Vintage Kodak Brownies, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C. (solo)
Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970 - 1980, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA
2009
day by day, dkw. Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA (solo)
2008
Christenberry, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
William Christenberry, Moody Gallery, Houston, USA
2007
Site/Possession, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
Photographer William Christenberry, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, USA
20/20 Vision, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, USA
The Genius of the Place: Land and Identity in Contemporary Art, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, USA
2006
Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA
William Christenberry: 35mm Kodachromes, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
William Christenberry: Trips & Recent Sculpture, Pace MacGill, New York; Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA
William Christenberry: Alabama, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
La trajectoire du regard, Salle d'exposition du quai Antoine ler, Monaco, Monaco
Tendenzen internationaler Fotografie, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst, Germany
2005
William Christenberry, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, USA
American Classics, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany
Regarding the Rural, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, USA (solo)
2004
Picturing the South, Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Best Of - Blick in die Sammlung, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany
Seventies Color Photography, Kennedy Boesky Photographs, New York, USA
2003
Southern Images: Six Contemporary Photographers, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.
The American Scene 2000, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
William Christenberry, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2002
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
2001
Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
Changing Landscape: The Source Revisited, Kreeger Museum of Art, Washington D.C.
William Christenberry: Architecture/Archetype, DAAP Gallery at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Public Collections

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham / Alabama
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Kemper Museum, Kansas City
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
Smithsonian Institution, Washington

Literature

2008
William Christenberry: Working From Memory, William Christenberry, Susanne Lang (Editor), (Steidl, 2008)
2007
William Christenberry.Place, Time, and Memory Southern Spaces September 28, 2007
2006
William Christenberry, Aperture, 2006
2002
Christenberry - Reconstruction,The Art of William Christenberry, 2002
2001
Susanne Lange: William Christenberry, 2001
1991
Walker Evans, William Christenberry: Of Time and Place (by Thomas W. Southall), 1991