William Christenberry

(American, b. 1936)

coleman's cafe, greensboro, alabama by william christenberry

William Christenberry

Coleman's Cafe, Greensboro, Alabama, 1973

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

William Christenberry

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

magenta car, havana, alabama by william christenberry

William Christenberry

Magenta Car, Havana, Alabama, 1976

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

William Christenberry

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

Biography

Timeline

1936
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1954 - 1959
Study 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
Teaching at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
1962
Since August as assistant professor of Art at the Memphis State University. Begin of the 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
Since 1968
Teaches painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.; Tuscaloosa

Exhibitions

2010
Southern Artifacts, The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis Missouri, USA (solo)
William Christenberry, Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Vintage Kodak Brownies, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, Washington, USA (solo)
Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970 - 1980, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ohio, USA
2009
day by day, dkw. Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany
Columbus Museum of Art (solo)
2008
Christenberry, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC (upcoming Fall 2008)
William Christenberry, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2007
Site/Possession, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (traveling exhibition)
Photographer William Christenberry, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

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