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Departmental administrator Ryan Wong talks about the ties he perceives between city life and artistic practice.

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Very early on, I had a teacher who told me that if you are ever bored in a city, you are boring.

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  • Ryan Wong
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  • [Two Prints of Circus Sideshow Billboards, Santa Monica, California]  |  August–September 1947  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Dye transfer print  |  Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.261.232.1–2)
    1280997
  • Station of Otsu: From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The "Reisho Tokaido")  |  Edo period, ca. 1848–49  |  Ando Hiroshige (Japanese)  |  Polychrome woodblock print  |  Frederick Charles Hewitt Bequest Income, 1912 (JP804)
    1280839
  • Parisian Street Scene  |  ca. 1885  |  Jean Béraud (French)  |  Oil on panel  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.243)
    6791024
  • Apartment Houses, Paris  |  1946  |  Jean Dubuffet (French)  |  Oil with sand and charcoal on canvas  |  Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.15)  |  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    1280996
  • Rodeo, New York City  |  1955  |  Robert Frank (American, born Switzerland)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Barbara and Eugene Schwartz, 1992 (1992.5162.3)
    6951024
  • Taxi Driver and Pedestrian Argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta  |  1987, printed 1991  |  Raghubir Singh (Indian)  |  Chromogenic print  |  Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991 (1991.1280)  |  © Raghubir Singh
    1280867
  • Street Scene in Paris (Coin de rue à Paris)  |  1895  |  Félix Vallotton (Swiss)  |  Gouache and oil on cardboard  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.736)
    8481024
  • Avenue des Gobelins  |  1927  |  Eugène Atget (French)  |  Albumen silver print from glass negative  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.113)
    8411024
  • Ariadne  |  1913  |  Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, born Greece)  |  Oil and graphite on canvas  |  Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.10)  |  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
    1280965
  • The Abduction of the Sabine Women  |  probably 1633–34  |  Nicolas Poussin (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946 (46.160)
    1280946
  • Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale  |  ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican  |  Roman  |  Plaster  |  Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.13)
    10241024
  • The Photographer  |  1942  |  Jacob Lawrence (American)  |  Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.205)  |  © 2011 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    1280943
  • [Subway Passengers]  |  1938  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971 (1971.646.18)
    12801024
  • Berlin Street  |  1931  |  George Grosz (American, born Germany)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Hugo Kastor Fund, 1963 (63.220)  |  © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    7661024
  • [Couple on Fourteenth Street, New York City]  |  1933–34  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Film negative  |  Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.102.1)
    1280868
  • Los Angeles  |  1964  |  Garry Winogrand (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, Nancy and Edwin Marks Gift, 1988 (1988.1137.2)  |  © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    984677
  • Mystery of the Street  |  1928  |  Umbo (Otto Umbehr) (German)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.49)  |  © Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Cologne and Phyllis Umbehr, Frankfurt/M.
    8281024
  • The Block  |  1971  |  Romare Bearden (American)  |  Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6)  |  © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    1280285
  • The Block  |  1971  |  Romare Bearden (American)  |  Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6)  |  © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    9031024
  • The Block  |  1971  |  Romare Bearden (American)  |  Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6)  |  © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    8071024
  • The Block  |  1971  |  Romare Bearden (American)  |  Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6)  |  © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    8761024
  • The Block  |  1971  |  Romare Bearden (American)  |  Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6)  |  © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    8521024
  • Crosby Street  |  1978  |  Thomas Struth (German)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Henry S. Hacker, 1982 (1982.1053.1)  |  © 2010 Thomas Struth
    1280909
  • View of Toledo  |  ca. 1597  |  El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)  |  Oil on canvas  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
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  • Night Shadows  |  1921  |  Edward Hopper (American)  |  Etching  |  Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925 (25.31.2)
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  • Piazza San Marco  |  late 1720s  |  Canaletto (Italian)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1988 (1988.162)
    1280779
  • The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Six: Entering Suzhou and the Grand Canal  |  Qing dynasty, dated 1770  |  Xu Yang (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink and color on silk  |  Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1988 (1988.350)
    1280790
  • Ryan Wong
    1280852
  • My name is Ryan Wong, I work in the exhibitions office at the Metropolitan Museum, and I'm going to be talking about the city. I was

  • born and raised in Los Angeles, and I lived there until the end of high school, so that's my home, that's what I'll always sort of refer to as "the city" in my head, and now I live in New York.

  • So very early on, this was in middle school, I had a teacher who told me that if you are ever bored in a city, you are boring.

  • And what he meant by that was that if you cannot find something to do it means there's something wrong with you, you're just not trying hard enough. And I think I sort of took that to heart.

  • So I've always lived in a city, I probably will always live in a city, and part of that is because he was right.

  • When I walk down the street in New York and I see the person with the Mohawk next to the banker in the pinstripe suit, that is something that can only happen in cities. You have such a dramatic division of

  • tasks in the city, that you meet people who are part-time baristas and part-time freelance writers.

  • You meet people who just prepare flowers for a living. You meet people who just do eyebrows for a living.

  • You meet people who just take care of dogs for a living. You can also be an artist, because it is a very particular and strange skill.

  • And I think artists realize this and they pay tribute to the city in their art.

  • Rome plays this sort of amazing backdrop to the drama of this scene. You know, everyone knows Rome through images in movies and paintings, and for me it's sort of reality-effect, that it's the same city, and what gets washed away is of course all the violence of this scene.

  • The city outlasts the people that live in it. We still have that physical artifact, even though we don't have any of the human life that took place in front of it.

  • The city is always a stage for everyone. We're always on when we're in the city. And anyone who's ever taken the subway, they know this experience

  • of looking at people and seeing them at their most off-guard. You really, I think, learn something about their character. You know how this lady's day was; it was tiring. You can picture sitting across from this guy reading the newspaper; he couldn't care less whether this lady next to him lived or died. He is interested in his own thing.

  • In New York you are physically, viscerally up against other people, and we just have this amazing ability to pretend that that's not happening, that I'm not touching this stranger. The city builds

  • that in you, it forces you to be blasé about the overwhelming amount of stimulation that comes at you every minute you live in New York.

  • In L.A. you're in your car and the most you do is look into the window of the person driving next to you. I remember when I first moved to

  • New York a couple of years ago, I would just walk for miles because it was such a novel experience to me.

  • I love The Block because just like when you're walking down a street in New York, you can peer into the lives of the people on the block.

  • There's everything from this assumption into heaven going on in this church

  • to people hanging out on the street corner, to

  • a couple making love in bed, to two children sort of gazing out the window forlornly.

  • And of course this can all be happening at the same time, mere feet away from each other.

  • This shows New York as I've always been told it was back then, that is, New York in the seventies was tough, it was gritty, there was more crime, there were more drugs. But at the same time, there's a lot of romance that's attached to that.

  • I think living in a city is by nature nostalgic. You become attached to the city the same way you become attached to a person. I don't want to gloss over the

  • dangers and negative sides of a city. You know, cities are home to a lot of poverty, a lot of crime, a lot of inequality, but unlike in the countryside, literally everything

  • you see in a city was put there by a human being. Everything you can point to in a city is there for a reason, because of

  • human needs and desires. And you can really read who we are as people by

  • taking a minute and looking around you in the city.

  • 1994.261.232.1-2
    [Two Prints of Circus Sideshow Billboards, Santa Monica, California], August–September 1947, Walker Evans (American), Dye transfer print Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.261.232.1–2)
  • JP804
    Station of Otsu: From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The "Reisho Tokaido"), Edo period, ca. 1848–49, Ando Hiroshige (Japanese), Polychrome woodblock print Frederick Charles Hewitt Bequest Income, 1912 (JP804)
  • 1975.1.243
    Parisian Street Scene, ca. 1885, Jean Béraud (French), Oil on panel Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.243)
  • 1996.403.15
    Apartment Houses, Paris, 1946, Jean Dubuffet (French), Oil with sand and charcoal on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.15) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
  • 1992.5162.3
    Rodeo, New York City, 1955, Robert Frank (American, born Switzerland), Gelatin silver print Gift of Barbara and Eugene Schwartz, 1992 (1992.5162.3)
  • 1991.1280
    Taxi Driver and Pedestrian Argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta, 1987, printed 1991, Raghubir Singh (Indian), Chromogenic print Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991 (1991.1280) © Raghubir Singh
  • 1975.1.736
    Street Scene in Paris (Coin de rue à Paris), 1895, Félix Vallotton (Swiss), Gouache and oil on cardboard Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.736)
  • 1987.1100.113
    Avenue des Gobelins, 1927, Eugène Atget (French), Albumen silver print from glass negative Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.113)
  • 1996.403.10
    Ariadne, 1913, Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, born Greece), Oil and graphite on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.10) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
  • 46.160
    The Abduction of the Sabine Women, probably 1633–34, Nicolas Poussin (French), Oil on canvas Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946 (46.160)
  • 03.14.13a-g
    Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican, Roman, Plaster Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.13)
  • 2001.205
    The Photographer, 1942, Jacob Lawrence (American), Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.205) © 2011 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 1971.646.18
    [Subway Passengers], 1938, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971 (1971.646.18)
  • 63.220
    Berlin Street, 1931, George Grosz (American, born Germany), Oil on canvas Hugo Kastor Fund, 1963 (63.220) © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  • 1994.253.102.1
    [Couple on Fourteenth Street, New York City], 1933–34, Walker Evans (American), Film negative Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.102.1)
  • 1988.1137.2
    Los Angeles, 1964, Garry Winogrand (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, Nancy and Edwin Marks Gift, 1988 (1988.1137.2) © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
  • 1987.1100.49
    Mystery of the Street, 1928, Umbo (Otto Umbehr) (German), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.49) © Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Cologne and Phyllis Umbehr, Frankfurt/M.
  • 1978.61.1-6
    The Block, 1971, Romare Bearden (American), Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6) © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  • 1982.1053.1
    Crosby Street, 1978, Thomas Struth (German), Gelatin silver print Gift of Henry S. Hacker, 1982 (1982.1053.1) © 2010 Thomas Struth
  • 29.100.6
    View of Toledo, ca. 1597, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
  • 25.31.2
    Night Shadows, 1921, Edward Hopper (American), Etching Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925 (25.31.2)
  • 1988.162
    Piazza San Marco, late 1720s, Canaletto (Italian), Oil on canvas Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1988 (1988.162)
  • 1988.350_av7
    The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Six: Entering Suzhou and the Grand Canal, Qing dynasty, dated 1770, Xu Yang (Chinese), Handscroll; ink and color on silk Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1988 (1988.350)
  • [Two Prints of Circus Sideshow Billboards, Santa Monica, California], August–September 1947, Walker Evans (American), Dye transfer print Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.261.232.1–2)
    Station of Otsu: From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The "Reisho Tokaido"), Edo period, ca. 1848–49, Ando Hiroshige (Japanese), Polychrome woodblock print Frederick Charles Hewitt Bequest Income, 1912 (JP804)
    Parisian Street Scene, ca. 1885, Jean Béraud (French), Oil on panel Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.243)
    Apartment Houses, Paris, 1946, Jean Dubuffet (French), Oil with sand and charcoal on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.15) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    Rodeo, New York City, 1955, Robert Frank (American, born Switzerland), Gelatin silver print Gift of Barbara and Eugene Schwartz, 1992 (1992.5162.3)
    Taxi Driver and Pedestrian Argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta, 1987, printed 1991, Raghubir Singh (Indian), Chromogenic print Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991 (1991.1280) © Raghubir Singh
    Street Scene in Paris (Coin de rue à Paris), 1895, Félix Vallotton (Swiss), Gouache and oil on cardboard Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.736)
    Avenue des Gobelins, 1927, Eugène Atget (French), Albumen silver print from glass negative Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.113)
    Ariadne, 1913, Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, born Greece), Oil and graphite on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.10) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
    The Abduction of the Sabine Women, probably 1633–34, Nicolas Poussin (French), Oil on canvas Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946 (46.160)
    Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican, Roman, Plaster Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.13)
    The Photographer, 1942, Jacob Lawrence (American), Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.205) © 2011 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    [Subway Passengers], 1938, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971 (1971.646.18)
    Berlin Street, 1931, George Grosz (American, born Germany), Oil on canvas Hugo Kastor Fund, 1963 (63.220) © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    [Couple on Fourteenth Street, New York City], 1933–34, Walker Evans (American), Film negative Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.102.1)
    Los Angeles, 1964, Garry Winogrand (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, Nancy and Edwin Marks Gift, 1988 (1988.1137.2) © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    Mystery of the Street, 1928, Umbo (Otto Umbehr) (German), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.49) © Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Cologne and Phyllis Umbehr, Frankfurt/M.
    The Block, 1971, Romare Bearden (American), Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6) © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    Crosby Street, 1978, Thomas Struth (German), Gelatin silver print Gift of Henry S. Hacker, 1982 (1982.1053.1) © 2010 Thomas Struth
    View of Toledo, ca. 1597, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
    Night Shadows, 1921, Edward Hopper (American), Etching Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925 (25.31.2)
    Piazza San Marco, late 1720s, Canaletto (Italian), Oil on canvas Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1988 (1988.162)
    The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Six: Entering Suzhou and the Grand Canal, Qing dynasty, dated 1770, Xu Yang (Chinese), Handscroll; ink and color on silk Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1988 (1988.350)
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    2000–1000 B.C.
    1000 B.C.–1 A.D.
    1–500 A.D.
    500–1000 A.D.
    1000–1400 A.D.
    1400–1600 A.D.
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    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.

    [Two Prints of Circus Sideshow Billboards, Santa Monica, California]
    August–September 1947
    Walker Evans (American)
    Dye transfer print
    Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.261.232.1–2)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Station of Otsu: From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The "Reisho Tokaido")
    Edo period, ca. 1848–49
    Ando Hiroshige (Japanese)
    Polychrome woodblock print
    Frederick Charles Hewitt Bequest Income, 1912 (JP804)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Parisian Street Scene
    ca. 1885
    Jean Béraud (French)
    Oil on panel
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.243)
    Not on view
    The Robert Lehman CollectionFirst Floor
    Apartment Houses, Paris
    1946
    Jean Dubuffet (French)
    Oil with sand and charcoal on canvas
    Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.15)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Rodeo, New York City
    1955
    Robert Frank (American, born Switzerland)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Barbara and Eugene Schwartz, 1992 (1992.5162.3)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Taxi Driver and Pedestrian Argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta
    1987, printed 1991
    Raghubir Singh (Indian)
    Chromogenic print
    Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991 (1991.1280)
    © Raghubir Singh
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Street Scene in Paris (Coin de rue à Paris)
    1895
    Félix Vallotton (Swiss)
    Gouache and oil on cardboard
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.736)
    Not on view
    The Robert Lehman CollectionFirst Floor
    Avenue des Gobelins
    1927
    Eugène Atget (French)
    Albumen silver print from glass negative
    Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.113)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Ariadne
    1913
    Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, born Greece)
    Oil and graphite on canvas
    Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.10)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
    On view: Gallery 900
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    The Abduction of the Sabine Women
    probably 1633–34
    Nicolas Poussin (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946 (46.160)
    On view: Gallery 617
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale
    ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican
    Roman
    Plaster
    Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.13)
    On view: Gallery 165
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    The Photographer
    1942
    Jacob Lawrence (American)
    Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.205)
    © 2011 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    [Subway Passengers]
    1938
    Walker Evans (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971 (1971.646.18)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Berlin Street
    1931
    George Grosz (American, born Germany)
    Oil on canvas
    Hugo Kastor Fund, 1963 (63.220)
    © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    [Couple on Fourteenth Street, New York City]
    1933–34
    Walker Evans (American)
    Film negative
    Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.102.1)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Los Angeles
    1964
    Garry Winogrand (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, Nancy and Edwin Marks Gift, 1988 (1988.1137.2)
    © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Mystery of the Street
    1928
    Umbo (Otto Umbehr) (German)
    Gelatin silver print
    Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.49)
    © Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Cologne and Phyllis Umbehr, Frankfurt/M.
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    The Block
    1971
    Romare Bearden (American)
    Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6)
    © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Crosby Street
    1978
    Thomas Struth (German)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Henry S. Hacker, 1982 (1982.1053.1)
    © 2010 Thomas Struth
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    View of Toledo
    ca. 1597
    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)
    Oil on canvas
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
    On view: Gallery 611
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Night Shadows
    1921
    Edward Hopper (American)
    Etching
    Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925 (25.31.2)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Piazza San Marco
    late 1720s
    Canaletto (Italian)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1988 (1988.162)
    On view: Gallery 619
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Six: Entering Suzhou and the Grand Canal
    Qing dynasty, dated 1770
    Xu Yang (Chinese)
    Handscroll; ink and color on silk
    Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1988 (1988.350)
    Not on view
    Second Floor

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