Van Deren Coke

Description (Brief)
Gelatin Silver Print by Charles Rushton of Van Deren Coke, 1989.
Black and white portrait of an elderly man with white hair and moustache sitting in a wooden chair facing the viewer. Man is wearing light color pants with a dark belt partially visible and a light color long sleeved button up collared shirt with unbuttoned breast pockets and unbuttoned packets on the upper arm sleeves. His hands are clasped together around one of his knees which are crossed. A watch is partially visible from under one sleeve on his wrist. The wall behind him is white and textured. There is a wooden frame with undistinguishable art partially visible at the top of the print. Recto: signed, titled and dated by artist.
Description
Charles Rushton is an American photographer that made portraits of New Mexico photographers between the years of 1980 and 1994. This particular collection consists of 38 prints: twenty-nine- 8"x10" gelatin silver prints and nine- 8½"x11" inkjet prints acquired from the photographer. The collection includes photographers Tom Barrows, Van Deren Coke, Betty Hahn, David Michael Kennedy, Patrick Nagatani, Beaumont Newhall and Joel-Peter Witkin. The earliest print in this collection is of Manuel Carrillo in 1982, and the last piece added to the collection is of Holly Roberts in 1994.
Rushton chose this particular project after attending a Zone VI workshop offered by Fred Picker in Vermont in 1980. While at the workshop Rushton was given specific advice to pick a topic and stick to it instead of switching random topics every day. This was when Rushton had the idea to photograph artists and photographers upon returning home to New Mexico. With the help of photographer friend, Bob Hooten, Rushton was able to obtain the names of photographers that suited the parameters of his project. After a few years, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History purchased several of Rushton's prints for their collection of portraits of New Mexico Artists and expressed interest in seeing his future work. With the permission of the museum, Rushton used the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History name to help him gain influence and access to more famous photographers such as Beaumont Newhall.
Rushton studied photography under Fred Picker, Oliver Gagliani (depicted in the collection) and Arnold Newman (depicted in the collection). Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from St. Thomas University, a Master of Arts in Library Science degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography degree from the University of Oklahoma. Rushton is currently a professor of digital photography at Oklahoma City Community College and Moore-Norman Technology Center.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1989
maker
Rushton, Charles R.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
2008.0178.06
catalog number
2008.0178.06
accession number
2008.0178
Credit Line
Charles R. Rushton
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Photo History Collection
Charles Rushton Collection
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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