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Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ‘The Photographic Object, 1970’ at Hauser & Wirth

'New York' (1950) by Winogrand. (© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)

It’s been 25 years since the last Garry Winogrand retrospective, and now is a great time to reflect on his polarizing photography. Through Winogrand’s prints, the current divide between what might be called “abstract” and “street” photography can be brought into clearer focus. This posthumous display of new work presents Winogrand as the father of the photography taught in many MFA programs across the country—a practice in which taking a picture means capturing what happens in front of a lens. Read More

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Sylvia L. Yount Will Lead Met’s American Wing

Yount. (Courtesy VMFA)

Big changes at the Met today!

The museum announced that, after 48 years of service, Morrison H. Heckscher will step down as chairman of its American Wing to become its curator emeritus. Sylvia L. Yount, who is chief curator, curator of American art and department head at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been hired as curator in charge of the American Wing. Read More

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Met Hires Sandra Jackson-Dumont as Education Chair

Jackson-Dumont. (Courtesy Paul G. Allen Family Foundation)

Sandra Jackson-Dumont has been tapped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to be its new chairman of education. She’ll be coming to New York from the Seattle Art Museum, where she serves as deputy director for education and public programs and adjunct curator for modern and contemporary art. It’s a homecoming of sorts, since she previously worked at the Studio Museum and the Whitney. Read More

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‘Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Rue de Constantine (Fourth Arrondissement),'
1866. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Walking around Greenwich Village, Williamsburg or even Crown Heights, you would be forgiven for feeling that the vertiginous pace of urban transformation in New York is unprecedented. But Paris during the era of Napoleon III was even more dramatically transformed through the vast eminent domain project known as Haussmannization, and Charles Marville, an enigmatic photographer, was charged with documenting those changes. A long-awaited show at the Met, curated by the National Gallery’s Sarah Kennel, is devoted to the legacy of one of the least-studied of 19th-century French photographers. The results are stunning. Read More

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Julia Margaret Cameron at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Christabel,' 1866. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Thirty-eight blurry, beautiful photographs star in the  Met’s tiny, jewel-like Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition. Born before photography was invented, Cameron was a latecomer to a new art form—her daughter and son-in-law gave her a camera when she was 48. “It may amuse you, Mother, to try to photograph,” they wrote. She knew nothing about art or photography and erased her first photograph accidentally by rubbing her hand on the glass plate that held the image. But she quickly grew to love the medium. She turned her hen house into a photography studio. Surrounded by her six children, as well as nieces, nephews, neighbors and grandchildren, she produced some of the best portraits in the history of photography. Read More

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Met Announces New Curators


The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced new curators for its American Wing, its department of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, and its Egyptian art department, where Diana Craig Patch will serve as the new curator in charge. Read More

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Ken Price at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Drawing Center

'L. Red,' 1963. (© Ken Price, photo © Fredrik Nilsen/Met)

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.” Oscar Wilde’s words come to mind in the presence of sculptures by the late West Coast ceramicist Ken Price, who died in February 2012, while this major retrospective was being planned. Price made modestly scaled sculptures that, for all their meticulous construction, have a pleasurably ludic sensibility. Over the course of a 50-year career, he wove into his clever pieces references to landscape, architecture and the human body; his art is at once familiar and strange. Read More