This is really a whirlwind tour of the city, so I’m breaking up the posts a bit. One of my first stops was the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans. The heart of the exhibition is a collection of prints of each of the 83 images that were included in Frank’s book, which documented the cross-country road trip he took in 1955-56. It also included the contact sheets of the 27,000 images that he took on the trip and then whittled down to 1,000 photographs, and then finally to the 83 that actually made it into the book. It was an incredibly interesting way to illustrate and really bring to life the book process.
I was also able to see the incredible Vermeer painting, The Milkmaid, they had on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The exhibition is a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer Henry Hudson’s voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam, which made me think about a piece in our own collection. CMA has a painting by Middleton Manigault entitled The Rocket (shown below), which depicts the celebration that was held when the Hudson river was named for said explorer. (I had to work really hard to get Vermeer in Manigault in the same sentence.)
I also visited the Guggenheim for their Kandinsky show which was wonderful. He was a Russian artist working in Germany and is credited with inventing non-objective painting, a form of abstraction. What was interesting was that all of his major works were created between 1908 and 1914. It’s fascinating to me that his entire career sort of hinges on this rather small moment in what was actually a very long life.
More to come.
Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.
CMA Executive Director..