When Walker Evans visited Wheaton College in the early 1940s to photograph the campus for the brochure Wheaton College Photographs, he was a promising photographer who had recently been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. Evans visually captured Wheaton’s ideals through his photographs of the campus’ architecture, illustrating why Evans would become one of the most reputable photographers of his generation.
In this series of photographs, Evans portrays Wheaton’s earliest architecture, which symbolizes the school’s loyalty to its traditions and history, in juxtaposition with the Modernist designs that marked the college’s assertion of its innovation and sophistication in the realm of women’s higher education.
This online exhibit gives a unique opportunity to view Evans’ photographs of Wheaton, as they were publicly exhibited only once, during Making It Modern: Wheaton and the International Style, a student-curated exhibition in the Beard and Weil Galleries during the Spring of 2009.
Exhibit by Shannon Ryan '10