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Alice Neel: People Come First

At The Met Fifth Avenue
March 22–August 1, 2021

Virtual Public Programs

Alice Neel and Spanish Harlem or El Barrio

Join artist Miguel Luciano and Susanna Temkin (Curator, El Museo del Barrio) for a conversation with exhibition co-curator Randall Griffey about painter Alice Neel’s life and times in the New York City neighborhood known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. Neel lived there for more than twenty years in the 1940s and 50s, witnessing incredible change and creating numerous paintings of her friends, family, neighbors, and the city. Recorded on April 23, 2021.

Hilton Als on Alice Neel

Explore Alice Neel’s life, painting practice, and the deep intimacy and emotionality of her portraits with Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Hilton Als and exhibition co-curator Kelly Baum. Recorded on April 22, 2021.

Alice Neel and Gay Liberation

Explore Alice Neel's relationship with queer culture and the vivid portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) subjects she painted in the 1970s, including artist Jackie Curtis and poet Adrienne Rich. Learn from exhibition co-curator Randall Griffey how Neel’s portraits coincided with the gay liberation movement, contributed to increasing queer visibility, and used visual puns as a means of encoding queer sexual identity and desire. Recorded on May 19, 2021.


Alice Neel. Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian (detail), 1978. Oil on canvas. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift. © The Estate of Alice Neel