Van Deren Coke

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Van Deren Coke
Born Frank Van Deren Coke
(1921-07-04)July 4, 1921
Lexington, Kentucky
Died July 11, 2004(2004-07-11) (aged 83)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Resting place Santa Fe National Cemetery
Nationality American
Education Ansel Adams
Alma mater University of Kentucky
Indiana University
Harvard University
Known for Photography
Spouse(s) Joan Gillberry Coke
Awards 1975 Guggenheim Fellowship
1989 Fulbright Fellowship

Frank Van Deren Coke, F. Van Deren Coke, or Van Deren Coke (July 4, 1921 – July 11, 2004) was an American photographer, scholar and museum professional.[1][2] He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and died in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Early career[edit]

Coke's introduction to photography began as a practicing photographer. He studied with Nicholas Haz at the Clarence H. White School of Photography and later with Ansel Adams. He had his first exhibition at the University of Kentucky in 1940 while he was there studying history and art history.[3]

Museum jobs[edit]

Coke was the founding director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum from 1962 to 1970. In 1970—during Beaumont Newhall's final year—he served as Deputy Director and from 1971 to 1972 as Director of the George Eastman Museum (then George Eastman House). From 1979 to 1987 he was director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's photography department.[4]

Notable Publications[edit]

  • Taos and Santa Fe : The Artists Environment, 1882-1942. OCLC 833769. 
  • The Painter and the Photograph : From Delacroix to Warhol. OCLC 256243099. 
  • Nordfeldt The Painter. OCLC 186959898. 
  • Andrew Dasburg. OCLC 5102073. 
  • Photography in New Mexico : from the daguerreotype to the present. OCLC 4494710. 


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (2004-07-27). "Van Deren Coke, 83, Dies; Curator and Photographer". The New York Times. pp. B7. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ Williams, Val (2004-07-30). "Van Deren Coke, Experimental photographer and teacher and collector of photography as art". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  3. ^ Contemporary Photographers. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1982. p. 157. ISBN 0312167911. 
  4. ^ Encyclopedia Van Deren Coke

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