The Bedroom

Photographs curator Jeff Rosenheim discusses
the charged meaning of the bedroom, and its
resonance in all stages of life.

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  • Jeff Rosenheim
    1280852
  • The Bridal Chamber of Herse  |  ca. 1550  |  Workshop of Willem de Pannemaker (Flemish)  |  Made/manufactured: Brussels, Southern Netherlands  |  Wool, silk, silver, silver-gilt thread  |  Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.135)
    12631024
  • The Birth of Cupid  |  Master of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau)  |  Oil on wood  |  Rogers Fund, 1941 (41.48)
    12401024
  • Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant")  |  ca. 1667–70  |  Pieter de Hooch (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
    8611024
  • Radha and Krishna on a Bed at Night  |  ca. 1830  |  India (Punjab Hills, Sirmur)  |  Ink and opaque watercolor on paper  |  Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985 (1985.398.13)
    7801024
  • Radha and Krishna on a Bed at Night  |  ca. 1830  |  India (Punjab Hills, Sirmur)  |  Ink and opaque watercolor on paper  |  Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985 (1985.398.13)
    9291024
  • Bedroom from Sagredo Palace, Venice  |  18th century (ca. 1718)  |  Stuccowork probably by Abbondio Stazio of Massagno and Carpoforo Mazzetti; ceiling painting probably by Gaspare Diziani of Belluno  |  Italian (Venice)  |  Wood, stucco, marble, glass  |  Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1335.1a–d)
    6771024
  • Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun  |  ca. 1770, with one modern panel  |  French (Paris)  |  Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc.  |  Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
    7921024
  • Architectural elements from North Family Dwelling, New Lebanon, New York  |  ca. 1830–40  |  New Lebanon, New York  |  American  |  Wood  |  Purchase, 1972 (1972.187.1)
    12801020
  • Hudson Street Boarding House Detail, New York  |  1931–33  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1993 (1993.361)
    1280991
  • [Part of the Bedroom of Floyd Burroughs's Cabin, Hale County, Alabama]  |  1936  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999 (1999.35)
    12391024
  • The Annunciation  |  ca. 1525  |  Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on wood  |  The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.60)
    9521024
  • The Death of Socrates  |  1787  |  Jacques-Louis David (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    1280843
  • T.V. in Hotel Room, Galax, Virginia  |  1962, printed 1973  |  Lee Friedlander (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990 (1990.1009.1)
    1280839
  • [A Corner of Mondrian's Studio with Bed, Stool, Curtain, and Mirrors]  |  1926  |  André Kertész (American, born Hungary)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Harry Holtzman, 1986 (1986.1225.2)  |  © Estate of André Kertész, All Rights Reserved.
    7411024
  • Blind couple in their bedroom, Queens, N.Y.  |  1971  |  Diane Arbus (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, Joyce Frank Menschel, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, Diana Barrett and Robert Vila, Elizabeth S. and Robert J. Fisher, Charlotte and Bill Ford, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust and Hazen Polsky Foundation Inc., Jennifer and Joseph Duke, Jennifer and Philip Maritz, Saundra B. Lane, The Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation and Pamela and Arthur Sanders, Anonymous, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation Gifts, 2007 (2007.520)  |  © 2003 Estate of Diane Arbus LLC
    9811024
  • [Nude with a Mask]  |  ca. 1912  |  E. J. Bellocq (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.130)  |  © The Estate of E.J. Bellocq, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    1280903
  • Nan and Brian in Bed, NYC  |  1983  |  Nan Goldin (American)  |  Silver dye bleach print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001 (2001.627)  |  © 1983 Nan Goldin
    1280870
  • Christian Bérard, First Hotel, Paris  |  1932, printed 1946  |  Henri Cartier-Bresson (French)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.179)  |  © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
    6911024
  • Scene from "The Ivy" (Yadogiri), chapter 49 of the Tale of Genji  |  Edo period, early 17th century  |  Studio of Tawaraya Sôtatsu (Japanese)  |  Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper  |  Gift of Chizuko and Frank Korn, in honor of Miyeko Murase, 2006 (2006.570)
    1280739
  • Scene from "The Ivy" (Yadogiri), chapter 49 of the Tale of Genji  |  Edo period, early 17th century  |  Studio of Tawaraya Sôtatsu (Japanese)  |  Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper  |  Gift of Chizuko and Frank Korn, in honor of Miyeko Murase, 2006 (2006.570)
    1280918
  • Glass Panel with Death Bed Scene  |  early 16th century  |  Made in, probably Brussels  |  Flemish  |  Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint  |  Gift of Mrs. Lucy Lawrence Hutchinson and Mrs. Gladys Lawrence Hubbard, in memory of their father, Henry C. Lawrence, 1921 (21.27.2)
    6801024
  • Room from the Hart House  |  1680  |  Ipswich, Massachusetts  |  Munsey Fund, 1936 (36.127)
    1280853
  • Jeff Rosenheim
    1280852
  • I'm Jeff Rosenheim, I'm a curator of photographs, and my topic is "The Bedroom."

  • The bedroom is the most intimate space there is. It's

  • probably our earliest memory. It's the deep structure in which we

  • live our life. It's a place of repose and it's a place of

  • excitement. It's where we share our secrets and where we hide them.

  • It's tinged with almost every emotion we have.

  • The poetics of space draws me to period rooms, especially bedrooms. The bed is like a trophy. Someone said to me

  • and I believe it, that you can imagine someone sleeping in that bed and waking up being blue, in a good sense.

  • Those rooms' emptiness is part of their beauty. And of course the emptiness is filled by the attention you pay to it. Great artists have always, I think, turned emptiness into somethingness.

  • I'm taken by Walker Evans's picture of a boarding house that John Cheever, his friend, the writer, was living in right in the middle of the worst parts of the Depression. The bed is sunken, and there's a little bit of light coming through the window, but it's pretty harsh. These guys were broke and trying to survive. Walker Evans did try to get into the inner sanctum of somebody's life.

  • The picture of Floyd and Allie-May Burroughs's bed is extraordinary for me. It's an iron bed, it's been pulled away from being parallel to the wall, and there's a shotgun sitting on a peg on the wall right above it. It's a perfect, spectrally white space surrounded by raw wood. And I do think about the lives of these individuals.

  • The bed fits into the narrative. It is about birth. It's where things begin.

  • And it's also where things end. There's a great

  • Lee Friedlander photograph of his motel room. He's on the bed and he's looking out across the mattress. What he sees is the television, the altar at the foot of the bed, and on TV is a child and that suggestion about where life comes from.

  • On the other hand, Mondrian turned, in the '20s, his apartment and studio into a work of art. He painted all the furniture white, he painted the walls gray, and every so often he would paint red cardboard panels and place them around. And the bed, which is this soft organic form in this rectilinear, hard-edged, modernist space, is clearly a prop in a work of art that is his apartment. I cannot imagine sex happening in Mondrian's studio.

  • Diane Arbus made a picture of a blind couple. You enter the space through the foot of the bed, and at the very end of the bed, in the darkness below this blaze of light that's coming through the window is the couple, looking out at us, unable to see us. The way the bed sits and floats, it's a kind of pool. And there's very little in the bedroom. It deals with issues of tranquility and solitude.

  • The suggestiveness of intimacies in space makes bedrooms pregnant with emotion and desire, in a word voyeur. We're glancing in at something that's very intimate and private.

  • Nan Goldin, she's revealing herself in her own bedroom. We feel the beauty of the tension of any sexual relationship, what she called, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency."

  • There's a whole surrealism around beds. Christian Bérard never got out of bed. He suggested that he could live his entire life in bed.

  • For me, a bedroom is a dreamscape. It's about the beauty of the flesh and the potential for life. It is tinged with this wonderful thing that artists allow us

  • which is to enter a space that is hidden and is filled with life.

  • It's about memory, it's about familiarity. I

  • have to bring to it the things that I know and feel

  • the exploration of my own life.

  • 41.190.135_v001
    The Bridal Chamber of Herse, ca. 1550, Workshop of Willem de Pannemaker (Flemish), Made/manufactured: Brussels, Southern Netherlands, Wool, silk, silver, silver-gilt thread Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.135)
  • 41.48
    The Birth of Cupid, Master of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau), Oil on wood Rogers Fund, 1941 (41.48)
  • 32.100.15
    Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant"), ca. 1667–70, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
  • 1985.398.13
    Radha and Krishna on a Bed at Night, ca. 1830, India (Punjab Hills, Sirmur), Ink and opaque watercolor on paper Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985 (1985.398.13)
  • 06.1335.1a-d_v001
    Bedroom from Sagredo Palace, Venice, 18th century (ca. 1718), Stuccowork probably by Abbondio Stazio of Massagno and Carpoforo Mazzetti; ceiling painting probably by Gaspare Diziani of Belluno, Italian (Venice), Wood, stucco, marble, glass Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1335.1a–d)
  • 1976.91.1
    Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun, ca. 1770, with one modern panel, French (Paris), Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
  • 1972.187.1_av1
    Architectural elements from North Family Dwelling, New Lebanon, New York, ca. 1830–40, New Lebanon, New York, American, Wood Purchase, 1972 (1972.187.1)
  • 1993.361
    Hudson Street Boarding House Detail, New York, 1931–33, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1993 (1993.361)
  • 1999.35
    [Part of the Bedroom of Floyd Burroughs's Cabin, Hale County, Alabama], 1936, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999 (1999.35)
  • 32.100.60
    The Annunciation, ca. 1525, Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish), Oil on wood The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.60)
  • 31.45_v003
    The Death of Socrates, 1787, Jacques-Louis David (French), Oil on canvas Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
  • 1990.1009.1
    T.V. in Hotel Room, Galax, Virginia, 1962, printed 1973, Lee Friedlander (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990 (1990.1009.1)
  • 1986.1225.2
    [A Corner of Mondrian's Studio with Bed, Stool, Curtain, and Mirrors], 1926, André Kertész (American, born Hungary), Gelatin silver print Gift of Harry Holtzman, 1986 (1986.1225.2) © Estate of André Kertész, All Rights Reserved.
  • 2007.520
    Blind couple in their bedroom, Queens, N.Y., 1971, Diane Arbus (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, Joyce Frank Menschel, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, Diana Barrett and Robert Vila, Elizabeth S. and Robert J. Fisher, Charlotte and Bill Ford, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust and Hazen Polsky Foundation Inc., Jennifer and Joseph Duke, Jennifer and Philip Maritz, Saundra B. Lane, The Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation and Pamela and Arthur Sanders, Anonymous, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation Gifts, 2007 (2007.520) © 2003 Estate of Diane Arbus LLC
  • 2005.100.130
    [Nude with a Mask], ca. 1912, E. J. Bellocq (American), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.130) © The Estate of E.J. Bellocq, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2001.627
    Nan and Brian in Bed, NYC, 1983, Nan Goldin (American), Silver dye bleach print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001 (2001.627) © 1983 Nan Goldin
  • 1987.1100.179
    Christian Bérard, First Hotel, Paris, 1932, printed 1946, Henri Cartier-Bresson (French), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.179) © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
  • 2006.570
    Scene from "The Ivy" (Yadogiri), chapter 49 of the Tale of Genji, Edo period, early 17th century, Studio of Tawaraya Sôtatsu (Japanese), Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper Gift of Chizuko and Frank Korn, in honor of Miyeko Murase, 2006 (2006.570)
  • 21.27.2
    Glass Panel with Death Bed Scene, early 16th century, Made in, probably Brussels, Flemish, Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint Gift of Mrs. Lucy Lawrence Hutchinson and Mrs. Gladys Lawrence Hubbard, in memory of their father, Henry C. Lawrence, 1921 (21.27.2)
  • 36.127_v001
    Room from the Hart House, 1680, Ipswich, Massachusetts Munsey Fund, 1936 (36.127)
  • The Bridal Chamber of Herse, ca. 1550, Workshop of Willem de Pannemaker (Flemish), Made/manufactured: Brussels, Southern Netherlands, Wool, silk, silver, silver-gilt thread Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.135)
    The Birth of Cupid, Master of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau), Oil on wood Rogers Fund, 1941 (41.48)
    Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant"), ca. 1667–70, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
    Radha and Krishna on a Bed at Night, ca. 1830, India (Punjab Hills, Sirmur), Ink and opaque watercolor on paper Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985 (1985.398.13)
    Bedroom from Sagredo Palace, Venice, 18th century (ca. 1718), Stuccowork probably by Abbondio Stazio of Massagno and Carpoforo Mazzetti; ceiling painting probably by Gaspare Diziani of Belluno, Italian (Venice), Wood, stucco, marble, glass Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1335.1a–d)
    Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun, ca. 1770, with one modern panel, French (Paris), Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
    Architectural elements from North Family Dwelling, New Lebanon, New York, ca. 1830–40, New Lebanon, New York, American, Wood Purchase, 1972 (1972.187.1)
    Hudson Street Boarding House Detail, New York, 1931–33, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1993 (1993.361)
    [Part of the Bedroom of Floyd Burroughs's Cabin, Hale County, Alabama], 1936, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999 (1999.35)
    The Annunciation, ca. 1525, Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish), Oil on wood The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.60)
    The Death of Socrates, 1787, Jacques-Louis David (French), Oil on canvas Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    T.V. in Hotel Room, Galax, Virginia, 1962, printed 1973, Lee Friedlander (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990 (1990.1009.1)
    [A Corner of Mondrian's Studio with Bed, Stool, Curtain, and Mirrors], 1926, André Kertész (American, born Hungary), Gelatin silver print Gift of Harry Holtzman, 1986 (1986.1225.2) © Estate of André Kertész, All Rights Reserved.
    Blind couple in their bedroom, Queens, N.Y., 1971, Diane Arbus (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, Joyce Frank Menschel, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, Diana Barrett and Robert Vila, Elizabeth S. and Robert J. Fisher, Charlotte and Bill Ford, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust and Hazen Polsky Foundation Inc., Jennifer and Joseph Duke, Jennifer and Philip Maritz, Saundra B. Lane, The Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation and Pamela and Arthur Sanders, Anonymous, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation Gifts, 2007 (2007.520) © 2003 Estate of Diane Arbus LLC
    [Nude with a Mask], ca. 1912, E. J. Bellocq (American), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.130) © The Estate of E.J. Bellocq, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    Nan and Brian in Bed, NYC, 1983, Nan Goldin (American), Silver dye bleach print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001 (2001.627) © 1983 Nan Goldin
    Christian Bérard, First Hotel, Paris, 1932, printed 1946, Henri Cartier-Bresson (French), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.179) © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
    Scene from "The Ivy" (Yadogiri), chapter 49 of the Tale of Genji, Edo period, early 17th century, Studio of Tawaraya Sôtatsu (Japanese), Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper Gift of Chizuko and Frank Korn, in honor of Miyeko Murase, 2006 (2006.570)
    Glass Panel with Death Bed Scene, early 16th century, Made in, probably Brussels, Flemish, Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint Gift of Mrs. Lucy Lawrence Hutchinson and Mrs. Gladys Lawrence Hubbard, in memory of their father, Henry C. Lawrence, 1921 (21.27.2)
    Room from the Hart House, 1680, Ipswich, Massachusetts Munsey Fund, 1936 (36.127)
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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.

    The Bridal Chamber of Herse
    ca. 1550
    Workshop of Willem de Pannemaker (Flemish)
    Made/manufactured: Brussels, Southern Netherlands
    Wool, silk, silver, silver-gilt thread
    Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.135)
    Not on view
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    The Birth of Cupid
    Master of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau)
    Oil on wood
    Rogers Fund, 1941 (41.48)
    On view: Gallery 544
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant")
    ca. 1667–70
    Pieter de Hooch (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
    Not on view
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Radha and Krishna on a Bed at Night
    ca. 1830
    India (Punjab Hills, Sirmur)
    Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
    Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985 (1985.398.13)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Bedroom from Sagredo Palace, Venice
    18th century (ca. 1718)
    Stuccowork probably by Abbondio Stazio of Massagno and Carpoforo Mazzetti; ceiling painting probably by Gaspare Diziani of Belluno
    Italian (Venice)
    Wood, stucco, marble, glass
    Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1335.1a–d)
    On view: Gallery 507
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun
    ca. 1770, with one modern panel
    French (Paris)
    Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc.
    Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
    On view: Gallery 523
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Architectural elements from North Family Dwelling, New Lebanon, New York
    ca. 1830–40
    New Lebanon, New York
    American
    Wood
    Purchase, 1972 (1972.187.1)
    On view: Gallery 734
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Hudson Street Boarding House Detail, New York
    1931–33
    Walker Evans (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1993 (1993.361)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    [Part of the Bedroom of Floyd Burroughs's Cabin, Hale County, Alabama]
    1936
    Walker Evans (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999 (1999.35)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    The Annunciation
    ca. 1525
    Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish)
    Oil on wood
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.60)
    On view: Gallery 639
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Death of Socrates
    1787
    Jacques-Louis David (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    On view: Gallery 614
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    T.V. in Hotel Room, Galax, Virginia
    1962, printed 1973
    Lee Friedlander (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990 (1990.1009.1)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    [A Corner of Mondrian's Studio with Bed, Stool, Curtain, and Mirrors]
    1926
    André Kertész (American, born Hungary)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Harry Holtzman, 1986 (1986.1225.2)
    © Estate of André Kertész, All Rights Reserved.
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Blind couple in their bedroom, Queens, N.Y.
    1971
    Diane Arbus (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, Joyce Frank Menschel, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, Diana Barrett and Robert Vila, Elizabeth S. and Robert J. Fisher, Charlotte and Bill Ford, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust and Hazen Polsky Foundation Inc., Jennifer and Joseph Duke, Jennifer and Philip Maritz, Saundra B. Lane, The Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation and Pamela and Arthur Sanders, Anonymous, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation Gifts, 2007 (2007.520)
    © 2003 Estate of Diane Arbus LLC
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    [Nude with a Mask]
    ca. 1912
    E. J. Bellocq (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.130)
    © The Estate of E.J. Bellocq, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Nan and Brian in Bed, NYC
    1983
    Nan Goldin (American)
    Silver dye bleach print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001 (2001.627)
    © 1983 Nan Goldin
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Christian Bérard, First Hotel, Paris
    1932, printed 1946
    Henri Cartier-Bresson (French)
    Gelatin silver print
    Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.179)
    © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Scene from "The Ivy" (Yadogiri), chapter 49 of the Tale of Genji
    Edo period, early 17th century
    Studio of Tawaraya Sôtatsu (Japanese)
    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper
    Gift of Chizuko and Frank Korn, in honor of Miyeko Murase, 2006 (2006.570)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Glass Panel with Death Bed Scene
    early 16th century
    Made in, probably Brussels
    Flemish
    Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint
    Gift of Mrs. Lucy Lawrence Hutchinson and Mrs. Gladys Lawrence Hubbard, in memory of their father, Henry C. Lawrence, 1921 (21.27.2)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Room from the Hart House
    1680
    Ipswich, Massachusetts
    Munsey Fund, 1936 (36.127)
    Not on view
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors

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