William Earle Williams : Party Pictures is dedicated to the artist’s acclaimed series of the same name. Williams’ insightful photographs taken in the 1970s and 80s revel in the details of a particular moment and reveal unspoken cues of class, race and gender. In PARTY PICTURES, you will find blue-blood doyennes in starched lace and society upstarts dripping with jewels alongside A-list celebrities and blue-collar wait staff. Williams employed his status as an artist to access otherwise inac- cessible social events in Philadelphia, such as highbrow charity galas, as well as counter-culture costume parties and other gatherings. PARTY PICTURES was inspired by a 2011 exhibition of this work at The Print Center. Williams is Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photog- raphy at Haverford College, PA. His photographs have been exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Duke University, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Smith College, George Eastman House and National Gallery of Art. His work is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Williams has received fellowships from the...
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