Photography’s Last Century: view the The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection online courtesy of The Met

 

Although The Metropolitan Museum of Art has temporarily closed its three locations, we feel it’s important that you still get to see and experience images that were curated for you.

Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection exhibit celebrates the remarkable impact of photography in the last hundred years, a magnificent gift to The Met in honour of the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2020.

The exhibition features masterpieces by a wide range of photography’s greatest practitioners, including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Ilse Bing, Joseph Cornell, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Andreas Gursky, Helen Levitt, Dora Maar, László Moholy-Nagy, Jack Pierson, Sigmar Polke, Man Ray, Laurie Simmons, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Edward Weston, and Rachel Whiteread.

The Tenenbaum Collection is particularly notable for its focus on artists’ beginnings, for a sustained interest in the nude, and for the breadth and depth of works by women artists. Cindy Sherman’s intimate nine-part portrait series from 1976 predates her renowned series of “film stills” and confirms her striking ambition and stunning mastery of the medium at the age of 22 (featured at top, credits below).

The Tenenbaum Collection is particularly notable for its focus on artists’ beginnings, for a sustained interest in the nude, and for the breadth and depth of works by women artists.

Ms. Tenenbaum commented, ‘Photographs are mirrors and windows not only onto the world but also into deeply personal experience.’

Icelandic composer Davíð Þór Jónsson wrote and produced the stunning musical component for the exhibition, and luckily for us, it’s available to stream from the Met’s website.

Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection is available to view on the Museum’s website now.

The Museum has temporarily closed its three physical locations. Learn more here.

Seen at top: Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) Untitled Film Still #48, 1979 Gelatin silver print 6 15/16 × 9 3/8 in. (17.6 × 23.8 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Promised Gift of Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, in celebration of the Museum’s 150th Anniversary Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

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