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William Wegman

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1940s

1943

William Wegman is born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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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

William Wegman earns his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

1967–69 1967

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

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1969

Allen Ruppersberg meets William Wegman in Los Angeles.

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.

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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.

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1980s

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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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Vija Celmins Robert Cumming David Hammons Mike Kelley Allen Ruppersberg Ed Ruscha California Illinois LACMA Long Beach Los Angeles Rosamund Felsen Gallery UW Madison University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Wisconsin Al’s Grand Hotel