Williamstown: Art talk on James Van Der Zee

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Emilie Boone, an assistant professor of art history in the African American Studies Department at CUNY New York City College of Technology, will speak about African American photographer and Lenox native James Van Der Zee at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Williams College Museum of Art.

The talk, titled "James Van Der Zee's Forgotten Photographic Practice: New Forms of Visual Engagement," is presented in conjunction with WCMA's current exhibit "James Van Der Zee: Collecting History," which highlights WCMA's recently acquired portfolio of 18 photographs by Van Der Zee (1886-1983) during the first half of the 20th century.

The exhibit is on display through May 15.

Boone's talk considers Van Der Zee's intentional strategy of cultivating clientele locally and internationally through enlargement and retouching services.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit wcma.williams.edu.

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