Robert Cumming

decade

1940s

1943

Robert Cumming is born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

decade

1960s

1961

Robert Cumming and William Wegman attend Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and become close friends.

1965

Robert Cumming earns his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

1965

Robert Cumming and William Wegman drive from Boston to Illinois in Cumming’s 1965 VW bus to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

1967

Robert Cumming begins teaching at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee.

1968

Robert Cumming, Bill Wegman’s Screen Sculpture, Milwaukee, WI, 1968. Gelatin silver print; image: 9 3/5 × 7 3/5 in. (24.5 × 19.5 cm); paper: 10 × 7.8 in. (25.2 × 19.9 cm); mount: 20 × 16 in. (50.9 × 40.6 cm). Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Arnold and Temmie Gilbert, 1984.1279. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

late 1960s–70s 1969

Robert Cumming and William Wegman collaborate on two-person shows.

decade

1970s

1970s 1970

Barbara Kasten participates in exhibitions with her friends Robert Cumming and Douglas Huebler.

1970

Robert Cumming moves to California to teach at California State University, Fullerton.

1971

Allen Ruppersberg proposes Al’s Grand Hotel for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition 24 Young Los Angeles Artists, which also includes Vija Celmins, Robert Cumming, and William Wegman.

1971

Vija Celmins, Robert Cumming, Allen Ruppersberg, and William Wegman participate in 24 Young Los Angeles Artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

1972

Robert Cumming and Roy De Forest participate in the Nut Art exhibition at the University Art Gallery of California State University, Hayward.

decade

1980s

1980

Robert Cumming, Four Corrugated Boxes in One (from the portfolio Five Still Lifes), 1980. Internal dye diffusion transfer process print; 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Myron J. Hokin, 1981.10.1. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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