Williamstown

Ezra Stoller, Kennedy Airport,  Queens, NY, 1962.

Ezra Stoller, Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY, 1962.

Williamstown

Ezra Stoller

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)
15 Lawrence Hall Drive
June 19–December 19, 2004

Curated by Deborah Rothschild

Rem Koolhaas once said that when he first came to New York, there was no building he was more excited to visit, and none that disappointed him more, than the Seagram Building. Perhaps Ezra Stoller bears some of the blame. It was he, after all, who created the dramatic photographs that presented Mies van der Rohe’s Manhattan masterpiece to the world. In one of his most famous shots, Stoller focuses not on the elegant black tower but on the open plaza in front. Creating this void at street’s edge was Mies’s most radical idea for the project, and Stoller nailed it. Now, senior curator Deborah Rothschild gathers over fifty black-and-white prints, spanning 1958 to 1977, of the photographer’s famous American architectural subjects—from Wright’s Fallingwater to Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal.