William Wegman

decade

1940s

1943

William Wegman is born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

decade

1960s

1961

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

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.

1967–69 1967

William Wegman teaches at the Wausau and Waukesha campuses of the University of Wisconsin.

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.

1969–70 1969

William Wegman is an artist in residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

decade

1970s

1970

William Wegman moves to California to teach at California State University, Long Beach.

1970

While in Long Beach, William Wegman and his wife at the time adopt Man Ray, a Weimaraner that becomes a central figure in Wegman’s art.

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).

1970s 1971

Ed Ruscha buys 50 of William Wegman’s photographs for $4,400.

decade

1980s

1981

William Wegman, Airedale Sitting, 1981. Internal dye diffusion transfer process print; 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of William J. Hokin, 1985.37. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

decade

1990s

1990

David Hammons, Mike Kelley, and William Wegman are included in the group exhibition Just Pathetic at Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

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