Detail of Romare Bearden's "The Block,"  a collage of diverse elements including urban scenes, portraits, and abstract shapes in a vibrant composition.

The Block

I am startled by the intimacy the mural grants us.
Portrait of woman dressed in heavy garment and fur. Her expression is calm, while her arm rests on the wooden table.

At the Reception

For me the photograph speaks to optical illusion, to ambiguity, to the blurring of immediate impressions and assumptions.
Black Abstraction, Georgia O'Keeffe (American, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 1887-1986 Santa Fe, New Mexico), Oil on canvas


This painting was different from the work I knew: it seemed somehow vaster than the landscapes, deader than the bones.
Multi object sculpture, outside of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To Provoke and Transgress

The writer Manijeh Moradian reflects on the unruly forms of Nairy Baghramian's facade commission.
Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Picasso on Stein

Learn how Picasso’s defining portrait of Gertrude Stein helped usher in a new era of modern art and literature.
Close-up of the marble statue of Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, made by Randolph Rogers, from her above her shoulders showing a young girl with closed eyes and a hand cupped around her right ear in a gesture suggesting it aids her hearing. Nydia’s face is directly facing the camera. The sculpture is in the American Wing Engelhard Sculpture Court at The Met, a skylit space with direct, dramatic natural light.

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

"No place for a blind girl in a city of ash."
Sketch by Tadeo Ando.

On Karl Lagerfeld

The renowned architect reflects on the life and legacy of his friend.
Painting by Phillip Guston with a hand holding a canvas with a sunset on it against a grey background.

Philip Guston at The Met

Musa Guston Mayer reflects on her father's art and its legacy.
lithograph of a weary mother and sleeping boy by Kathe Kollowitz

On Motherhood

How does the iconography of motherhood reflect the social, political, and religious ideals of an era?
Print of the profile of a black woman with light blue outlines and sculptural twisted hair in front of a vibrant orange circle

Everyday Fantastical

Tanekeya Word shares the knowledge and experiences behind Starshine & Clay, a fantastical embodiment of the feelings she has about Black girlhood and Black womanhood.
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