Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing

February 2 through May 13, 2018

One of the greatest American playwrights of the twentieth century, Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) was a master of language and a tireless craftsman. This exhibition focuses on Williams’s career during the years 1939–1957, when he authored such masterpieces as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The show examines his creative process and his involvement with the production of his plays, along with their reception and lasting impact. Uniting his original drafts, private diaries, and personal letters with paintings, photographs, production stills, and other objects, the exhibition tells the story of one man’s struggle for self-expression and how it changed the landscape of American drama.

Tennessee Williams, Photograph by Irving Penn for Vogue, April 15, 1951 © Condé Nast.