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Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars
11 Feb 2014
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From May 24 - September 7, 2014, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will host an exhibition of Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars.

Cedar Rapids native Carl Van Vechten attended the University of Chicago after graduating from Washington High School in 1898. He was hired as an assistant music critic by The New York Times and eventually became the first American critic of modern dance in 1909. 

Van Vechten wrote several books on music and literature in the 1920s and, in the 1930s, he began to take portrait photographs of the many significant artists, dancers, and writers in New York. His interest in the black writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance caused him to write on the subject and to photograph some of the movement’s luminaries, for which he is perhaps best known. 

In 1946, the Cedar Rapids Community School District received a large gift of 153 photographs from the artist and then in 1996, this original gift was augmented by another 29 photographs from the Van Vechten estate, all of which have been housed at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art since the flood of 2008. This exhibition, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Van Vechten’s death in 1964, takes a broad look at the many artists, writers, and performers Van Vechten shot during his career.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a Program Fund Grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


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