The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 145 years

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870. For 145 years, today,  the museum has lived by its mission statement “to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.”

Jerry Uelsmann, [Exhibition poster for 20th Century Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York], 1980s (2011.68.240)

Alan Fisher, [Tapestries exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York], 1941 (2012.121.32)

Ruth OrkinWoody Allen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963 (545.1983)


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Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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