Abnormal

Financial manager Peggy Hebard talks about being the odd one out.

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  • Peggy Hebard
    1280852
  • Wedding day, Princeton, NJ, 1968  |  Dr. and Mrs. (Ya Huei) Jung Jang Hwan
    800577
  • [Painting Class in a School Room]  |  1899  |  Frances Benjamin Johnston (American)  |  Cyanotype from glass negative  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1988 (1988.1040)
    12801021
  • Mountain with Red House  |  ca. 1913  |  Charles Demuth (American)  |  Watercolor on paper  |  Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.70.70a, b)
    1280973
  • American Family with a Dancing Daughter  |  Edo period, 1861 (Bunkyu 1, 2nd month)  |  Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese)  |  Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper  |  Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959 (JP3323a)
    7011024
  • Foreigners in the Drawing Room of a Foreign Merchant's House in Yokohama  |  Edo period, September 1861  |  Gountei Sadahide (Japanese)  |  Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper  |  Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.131a–c)
    1280667
  • Standing Buddha  |  Northern Wei dynasty, mid-5th century  |  China  |  Gilt bronze  |  John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1926 (26.123)
    6301024
  • Still from an Untitled Film  |  1978  |  Cindy Sherman (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5147)  |  © Cindy Sherman
    12801007
  • Blessed Art Thou among Women  |  1899  |  Gertrude Käsebier (American)  |  Platinum print  |  Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.132)
    5851024
  • Three Little Girls in a Room Arguing and Spitting  |  19th century  |  Lorenz Frølich (Danish)  |  Pen and black ink over traces of a graphite underdrawing, touches of white gouache  |  Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1966 (66.576.10 (11))
    7921024
  • Newsies at Skeeter Branch, St. Louis, Missouri, 11:00 am, May 9, 1910  |  May 9, 1910  |  Lewis W. Hine (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Phyllis D. Massar, 1970 (1970.727.1)
    1280965
  • Two Children Teasing a Cat  |  ca. 1590  |  Attributed to Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bolognese)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, Gwynne Andrews Fund, and Bequests of Collis P. Huntington and Ogden Mills, by exchange, 1994 (1994.142)
    1280941
  • Standing Female Nude  |  n.d.  |  Marcel Vertès (Hungarian)  |  Gouache, graphite, and blue crayon, with graphite border  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.737)
    5011024
  • [Chinatown, San Francisco]  |  1900s  |  Arnold Genthe (American, born Germany)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Mrs. Eustace Seligman, 1953 (53.680.6)
    6791024
  • Sushi (Vinegared Fish and Rice) Food  |  Edo period (1615–1868)  |  Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese)  |  Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP1916)
    1280969
  • Portrait of the Artist's Great Grand Uncle Yizhai at the Age of Eighty-Five  |  Ming dynasty, dated xiyou (1561 or 1621)  |  Zude (Chinese, surname unknown)  |  China  |  Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk  |  Seymour Fund, 1959 (59.49.1)
    6311024
  • [Model in Chinese Headdress and Costume from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art]  |  1930s  |  George Hoyningen-Huene (American, born Russia)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Harper's Bazaar, 1940 (40.133.2)  |  © Richard J. Horst
    3911024
  • Butterfly  |  Ming dynasty, 17th century  |  China  |  Jade (nephrite)  |  Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.371)
    1280849
  • Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi  |  ca. 1310  |  Zhao Mengfu (Chinese)  |  Handscroll, ink on paper  |  Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.30)
    1280482
  • Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi  |  ca. 1310  |  Zhao Mengfu (Chinese)  |  Handscroll, ink on paper  |  Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.30)
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  • Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi  |  ca. 1310  |  Zhao Mengfu (Chinese)  |  Handscroll, ink on paper  |  Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.30)
    1280960
  • Self-Portrait  |  1911  |  Egon Schiele (Austrian)  |  Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper  |  Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.298a)
    7041024
  • Self-Portrait  |  1911  |  Egon Schiele (Austrian)  |  Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper  |  Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.298a)
    12531024
  • Splashed-color Landscape  |  dated 1965  |  Zhang Daqian (Chinese)  |  Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper  |  Inscribed by the artist  |  Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986 (1986.267.361)
    1280825
  • Cloudy Mountains  |  colophon dated to 1200  |  Mi Youren (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Purchase Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1973 (1973.121.1)
    1280432
  • Peggy Hebard
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  • My name is Peggy Hebard and I'm a financial manager in the Director's office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. My topic is, "Abnormal."

  • My mother was a really outspoken and proud Chinese woman. She didn't understand why I wasn't proud of being different.

  • I'm sure I was not the only child who grew up feeling abnormal, but it sure felt like it, being the only Asian student in my grade school and high school classes.

  • When I look at this, I'm really reminded of Scranton. It's a beautiful, scenic area of the country, lots of lakes and mountains, but it's hard to throw someone into an environment, and expect that they thrive, when everything is not equal.

  • My family wore western clothes, but we didn't quite fit in. Kind of like how I imagine

  • these people in this painting didn't fit in. We not only looked different, but my parents spoke a different language. We ate different foods.

  • We practiced a different religion and we celebrated different holidays. In some ways I felt like I grew up in two different worlds.

  • People might not have stared at us like Cindy Sherman looking askance in this photo, but I really felt we stood out in a crowd.

  • I always wanted to wear clothing that didn't have bright colors. That may have kept me in the shadows but

  • at least, I could never say I was spat on like the girl in this drawing. Our house was egged a few times

  • by neighborhood boys, and I remember this one awful time where a racial slur was soaped onto our windows.

  • I feel for this cat and I remember how I felt and how I felt helpless to change what I was being teased about.

  • At times, I felt like the woman in this painting, isolated, ashamed and exposed.

  • My parents would take me and my brothers on a monthly pilgrimage to Chinatown to buy our special ethnic foods.

  • My favorite food growing up was raw fish. Back in the '70s, it's not like sushi was the trendiest item on the menu.

  • This painting reminds me of my grandfather. He continued to live in Taiwan, but he would visit us on occasion. He was our connection to our heritage and our homeland.

  • I love this photo of this woman in a Chinese headdress. Although it's in black and white, I try to imagine what colors are in the photo. It kind of reminds me of

  • being a little girl rummaging through my mother's jewelry box and finding cool pieces of jade.

  • When I was growing up, I wanted to be like everybody else. It wasn't until I got to college, I started

  • to study Japanese and Mandarin languages, traveled throughout Asia

  • that I kind of started to appreciate that these are things that are unique about me. I think

  • a lot of great works of art are a result of an artist in an abnormal situation or having an abnormal

  • state of mind. I've realized that being normal is actually overrated.

  • I'm proud of my life, I think about the hardships my parents had coming here

  • and my unique upbringing was a gift

  • and I'm proud to share the story with my children.

  • 1988.1040
    [Painting Class in a School Room], 1899, Frances Benjamin Johnston (American), Cyanotype from glass negative Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1988 (1988.1040)
  • 49.70.70a,b
    Mountain with Red House, ca. 1913, Charles Demuth (American), Watercolor on paper Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.70.70a, b)
  • JP3323a
    American Family with a Dancing Daughter, Edo period, 1861 (Bunkyu 1, 2nd month), Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese), Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959 (JP3323a)
  • 2007.49.131a-c
    Foreigners in the Drawing Room of a Foreign Merchant's House in Yokohama, Edo period, September 1861, Gountei Sadahide (Japanese), Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.131a–c)
  • 26.123
    Standing Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, mid-5th century, China, Gilt bronze John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1926 (26.123)
  • 1992.5147
    Still from an Untitled Film, 1978, Cindy Sherman (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5147) © Cindy Sherman
  • 33.43.132
    Blessed Art Thou among Women, 1899, Gertrude Käsebier (American), Platinum print Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.132)
  • 66.576.10-11
    Three Little Girls in a Room Arguing and Spitting, 19th century, Lorenz Frølich (Danish), Pen and black ink over traces of a graphite underdrawing, touches of white gouache Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1966 (66.576.10 (11))
  • 1970.727.1
    Newsies at Skeeter Branch, St. Louis, Missouri, 11:00 am, May 9, 1910, May 9, 1910, Lewis W. Hine (American), Gelatin silver print Gift of Phyllis D. Massar, 1970 (1970.727.1)
  • 1994.142
    Two Children Teasing a Cat, ca. 1590, Attributed to Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bolognese), Oil on canvas Purchase, Gwynne Andrews Fund, and Bequests of Collis P. Huntington and Ogden Mills, by exchange, 1994 (1994.142)
  • 1975.1.737
    Standing Female Nude, n.d., Marcel Vertès (Hungarian), Gouache, graphite, and blue crayon, with graphite border Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.737)
  • 53.680.6
    [Chinatown, San Francisco], 1900s, Arnold Genthe (American, born Germany), Gelatin silver print Gift of Mrs. Eustace Seligman, 1953 (53.680.6)
  • JP1916
    Sushi (Vinegared Fish and Rice) Food, Edo period (1615–1868), Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese), Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP1916)
  • 59.49.1
    Portrait of the Artist's Great Grand Uncle Yizhai at the Age of Eighty-Five, Ming dynasty, dated xiyou (1561 or 1621), Zude (Chinese, surname unknown), China, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk Seymour Fund, 1959 (59.49.1)
  • 40.133.2
    [Model in Chinese Headdress and Costume from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art], 1930s, George Hoyningen-Huene (American, born Russia), Gelatin silver print Gift of Harper's Bazaar, 1940 (40.133.2) © Richard J. Horst
  • 02.18.371
    Butterfly, Ming dynasty, 17th century, China, Jade (nephrite) Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.371)
  • 1989.363.30
    Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi, ca. 1310, Zhao Mengfu (Chinese), Handscroll, ink on paper Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.30)
  • 1984.433.298a
    Self-Portrait, 1911, Egon Schiele (Austrian), Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.298a)
  • 1986.267.361
    Splashed-color Landscape, dated 1965, Zhang Daqian (Chinese), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Inscribed by the artist Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986 (1986.267.361)
  • 1973.121.1
    Cloudy Mountains, colophon dated to 1200, Mi Youren (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Purchase Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1973 (1973.121.1)
  • [Painting Class in a School Room], 1899, Frances Benjamin Johnston (American), Cyanotype from glass negative Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1988 (1988.1040)
    Mountain with Red House, ca. 1913, Charles Demuth (American), Watercolor on paper Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.70.70a, b)
    American Family with a Dancing Daughter, Edo period, 1861 (Bunkyu 1, 2nd month), Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese), Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959 (JP3323a)
    Foreigners in the Drawing Room of a Foreign Merchant's House in Yokohama, Edo period, September 1861, Gountei Sadahide (Japanese), Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.131a–c)
    Standing Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, mid-5th century, China, Gilt bronze John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1926 (26.123)
    Still from an Untitled Film, 1978, Cindy Sherman (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5147) © Cindy Sherman
    Blessed Art Thou among Women, 1899, Gertrude Käsebier (American), Platinum print Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.132)
    Three Little Girls in a Room Arguing and Spitting, 19th century, Lorenz Frølich (Danish), Pen and black ink over traces of a graphite underdrawing, touches of white gouache Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1966 (66.576.10 (11))
    Newsies at Skeeter Branch, St. Louis, Missouri, 11:00 am, May 9, 1910, May 9, 1910, Lewis W. Hine (American), Gelatin silver print Gift of Phyllis D. Massar, 1970 (1970.727.1)
    Two Children Teasing a Cat, ca. 1590, Attributed to Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bolognese), Oil on canvas Purchase, Gwynne Andrews Fund, and Bequests of Collis P. Huntington and Ogden Mills, by exchange, 1994 (1994.142)
    Standing Female Nude, n.d., Marcel Vertès (Hungarian), Gouache, graphite, and blue crayon, with graphite border Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.737)
    [Chinatown, San Francisco], 1900s, Arnold Genthe (American, born Germany), Gelatin silver print Gift of Mrs. Eustace Seligman, 1953 (53.680.6)
    Sushi (Vinegared Fish and Rice) Food, Edo period (1615–1868), Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese), Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP1916)
    Portrait of the Artist's Great Grand Uncle Yizhai at the Age of Eighty-Five, Ming dynasty, dated xiyou (1561 or 1621), Zude (Chinese, surname unknown), China, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk Seymour Fund, 1959 (59.49.1)
    [Model in Chinese Headdress and Costume from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art], 1930s, George Hoyningen-Huene (American, born Russia), Gelatin silver print Gift of Harper's Bazaar, 1940 (40.133.2) © Richard J. Horst
    Butterfly, Ming dynasty, 17th century, China, Jade (nephrite) Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.371)
    Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi, ca. 1310, Zhao Mengfu (Chinese), Handscroll, ink on paper Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.30)
    Self-Portrait, 1911, Egon Schiele (Austrian), Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.298a)
    Splashed-color Landscape, dated 1965, Zhang Daqian (Chinese), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Inscribed by the artist Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986 (1986.267.361)
    Cloudy Mountains, colophon dated to 1200, Mi Youren (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Purchase Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1973 (1973.121.1)
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    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    [Painting Class in a School Room]
    1899
    Frances Benjamin Johnston (American)
    Cyanotype from glass negative
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1988 (1988.1040)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Mountain with Red House
    ca. 1913
    Charles Demuth (American)
    Watercolor on paper
    Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.70.70a, b)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    American Family with a Dancing Daughter
    Edo period, 1861 (Bunkyu 1, 2nd month)
    Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese)
    Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
    Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959 (JP3323a)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Foreigners in the Drawing Room of a Foreign Merchant's House in Yokohama
    Edo period, September 1861
    Gountei Sadahide (Japanese)
    Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
    Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.131a–c)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Standing Buddha
    Northern Wei dynasty, mid-5th century
    China
    Gilt bronze
    John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1926 (26.123)
    On view: Gallery 208
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Still from an Untitled Film
    1978
    Cindy Sherman (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5147)
    © Cindy Sherman
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Blessed Art Thou among Women
    1899
    Gertrude Käsebier (American)
    Platinum print
    Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.132)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Three Little Girls in a Room Arguing and Spitting
    19th century
    Lorenz Frølich (Danish)
    Pen and black ink over traces of a graphite underdrawing, touches of white gouache
    Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1966 (66.576.10 (11))
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Newsies at Skeeter Branch, St. Louis, Missouri, 11:00 am, May 9, 1910
    May 9, 1910
    Lewis W. Hine (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Phyllis D. Massar, 1970 (1970.727.1)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Two Children Teasing a Cat
    ca. 1590
    Attributed to Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bolognese)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, Gwynne Andrews Fund, and Bequests of Collis P. Huntington and Ogden Mills, by exchange, 1994 (1994.142)
    On view: Gallery 623
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Standing Female Nude
    n.d.
    Marcel Vertès (Hungarian)
    Gouache, graphite, and blue crayon, with graphite border
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.737)
    Not on view
    The Robert Lehman CollectionFirst Floor
    [Chinatown, San Francisco]
    1900s
    Arnold Genthe (American, born Germany)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Mrs. Eustace Seligman, 1953 (53.680.6)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Sushi (Vinegared Fish and Rice) Food
    Edo period (1615–1868)
    Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese)
    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP1916)
    On view: Gallery 231
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Portrait of the Artist's Great Grand Uncle Yizhai at the Age of Eighty-Five
    Ming dynasty, dated xiyou (1561 or 1621)
    Zude (Chinese, surname unknown)
    China
    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
    Seymour Fund, 1959 (59.49.1)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    [Model in Chinese Headdress and Costume from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art]
    1930s
    George Hoyningen-Huene (American, born Russia)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Harper's Bazaar, 1940 (40.133.2)
    © Richard J. Horst
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Butterfly
    Ming dynasty, 17th century
    China
    Jade (nephrite)
    Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.371)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi
    ca. 1310
    Zhao Mengfu (Chinese)
    Handscroll, ink on paper
    Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.30)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Self-Portrait
    1911
    Egon Schiele (Austrian)
    Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper
    Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.298a)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Splashed-color Landscape
    dated 1965
    Zhang Daqian (Chinese)
    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
    Inscribed by the artist
    Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986 (1986.267.361)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Cloudy Mountains
    colophon dated to 1200
    Mi Youren (Chinese)
    Handscroll; ink on paper
    Purchase Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1973 (1973.121.1)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor

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