Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929 to Open at The MET in March, 2023




Marquee: Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991). Page from New York Album, 1929–30. Gelatin silver prints, 10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Emanuel Gerard, 1984 (1984.1097.9–.18). © Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.

Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 2, 2023, Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929 will present selections from a unique unbound album of photographs of New York City created by American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991), shedding new light on the creative process of one of the great artists of the 20th century. Consisting of 266 small black-and-white prints arranged on 32 pages, the album comprises a kind of photographic sketchbook, offering a rare glimpse of an artist’s mind at work. In addition to some 20 framed album pages, the exhibition will feature photographs from The Met collection of Paris streets by Eugène Atget, whose archive Abbott purchased and promoted; views of New York by her contemporaries Walker Evans and Margaret Bourke-White; and selections from Abbott’s federally funded documentary project, Changing New York (1935–39).

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