Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Met Scores Big With Arbus Archive

Woman with a Veil on Fifth Avenue, N.Y.C. © Diane Arbus
Today's NYT reports that the estate of Diane Arbus has gifted her massive personal and professional archive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Now the photographer’s estate has presented this intimate chronicle of Arbus’s life — her complete archives — to the Met as a gift, along with hundreds of early and unique photographs; negatives and contract prints of 7,500 rolls of film; and hundreds of glassine print sleeves that she personally annotated before her death by suicide in 1971.
This is a huge coup for the Met whose contemporary photography offerings have been minimal to date. Congrats to Jeff Rosenheim, curator of the Met’s department of photographs (and my MFA thesis adviser), on this great gift.
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