Collection Artwork
Carl Van Vechten (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1880 – 1964, New York, New York)
[Alvin Ailey]
March 22, 1955
gelatin silver print
image size: 5 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.
paper size: 5 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
probably photographed in New York, New York, United States, North America
Artist; given to William “Bill” Earl, presumably December 1960; (Ursus Rare Books, Ltd., New York, New York, Fall 2016, cat. 336, lot 45, collection of photographs by Carl Van Vechten)[1]; purchased by Jack Shear, New York; given to the Tang Teaching Museum, 2017.
| [1] Cat. 336, Lot 45 incorrectly states the number of photographs in the collection as 429; there are 434 photographs in the collection.
Blindstamped, lower center:: PHOT[OGR]APH BY / CARL VAN VECHTEN
Inscribed, verso, upper middle: Alvin Ailey

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.