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A Time of Crisis: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 78, no. 2 (Fall 2020)

A Time of Crisis

Various authors
48 pages
41 illustrations
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This special issue of the Bulletin reflects on some of the crises gripping our world in the present moment, including the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing tragedy of racial injustice. Voices from The Metropolitan Museum of Art present their personal perspectives on issues and challenges facing us all while connecting these difficult times to art, artists, and the Museum’s history. Conceived and written during the Museum’s unprecedented closure, this compelling publication reflects on art’s power to inspire, comfort, and heal.

[Scenes of the Plague in Bombay, 1896–97, and the Indian Famine, 1899–1900], Shivshanker Narayen  Indian, Albumen silver prints from glass negatives and gelatin silver prints
Letters from Home, Zarina  American, born India, Portfolio of woodcut chine collé and metalcut chine collé on paper
Seated Figure, Terracotta, Middle Niger civilization
Middle Niger civilization
13th century
The Sorrow of Radha, folio from the Tehri Garhwal series of the Gita Govinda 
, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, India, Punjab Hills, kingdom of Kangra or Guler
India, Punjab Hills, kingdom of Kangra or Guler
ca. 1775–80
Attorney Street (Handball Court with Autobiographical Poem by Piñero), Martin Wong  American, Oil on canvas
Fragment from a Coptic Hanging, Linen, wool; plain weave, tapestry-weave
5th century
Bowl with Interior Geometric Decoration, Earthenware, slip decoration, Coptic
4th–7th century
Morton Schamberg, Morton Schamberg  American, Gelatin silver print
ca. 1912
[View of Rooftops], Morton Schamberg  American, Gelatin silver print
Doylestown House—The Stove, Charles Sheeler  American, Gelatin silver print
Portrait Mask (Gba gba), Wood, Baule peoples
Baule peoples
before 1913
Portrait Mask (Mblo), Baule artist  Baoulé, Wood, pigment, Baule
late 19th–early 20th century
Sachihongo Mask, Wood, pigment(?), Mbunda peoples
Mbunda peoples
19th–early 20th century
Face Mask (Gunye Ge), A Yakouba carver, Wood, pigment, kaolin, Dan peoples
19th–20th century
Margaret Roper (Margaret More, 1505–1544), Hans Holbein the Younger  German, Vellum laid on playing card
Portrait of a Young Man, Probably Robert Devereux (1566–1601), Second Earl of Essex, Nicholas Hilliard  British, Vellum laid on card
Helmet of the Italo-Chalcidian Type, Anatomical Cuirass, and Left Greave, Bronze, silver, Etruscan, probably Vulci
Etruscan, probably Vulci
late 5th–4th century BCE
American Helmet Model No. 5, Hale & Kilburn Company  American, Steel, paint, leather, textile, string, American, Philadelphia
Helmet (rmog), Iron, gold, silver, copper, Mongolian
15th–17th century
Self-Portrait, Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr.  American, Watercolor, charcoal, and graphite on paper
ca. 1941
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Polizzotti, Mark, ed. 2020. A Time of Crisis. New York, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.