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Art & Art History

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

Monday, November 19, 1990–Tuesday, November 20, 1990
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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William Christenberry (born 1936) is world-renowned for his photography, sculpture, drawings, and paintings that pay tribute to his roots in rural Alabama. His poetic and personal documentation of the southern vernacular landscape and architecture that surrounded him growing up touches on universal themes relating to family, culture, nature, spirituality, memory, and aging. Dutifully returning to photograph the same locations annually, he fulfills a personal ritual and documents the physical changes wrought by the passing of a year. Straddling the past and present, his art evokes the form and power of the passage of time. Christenberry’s work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. since 1968. He received a BFA and an MFA from the University of Alabama.