Rare Steichen & Stieglitz Autochromes On View at Metropolitan for One Week Only

For the first time in more than 25 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will display five of its original Autochromes by Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz for one week only — January 25-30, 2011 — as part of the exhibition Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand.

Currently, the early 20th Century photo show has facsimiles of the images on display but for those six days later this month the fragile works, which cannot withstand the exposure of long-term display, will be carted out of the vaults and placed in the exhibition within individual oxygen-free enclosures.

Edward Steichen, "The Flatiron" (1904) Gum bichromate over platinum print, The Metropolitan Museum, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933

The exhibition has been extensively reviewed in the media and it includes some truly iconic works, like Stieglitz’s “Georgia O’Keeffe” (1918) and Steichen’s “The Flatiron” (1904). The show includes the only three version’s of Steichen’s large photo of Manhattan’s Flatiron building in existence.

For reviews of the show, check out the New York Times, Daily News, The Economist, Art Daily, JPGMag, Big Think, DLK Collection, Photography Collection, John Haber, Woman Around Town, and definitely listen to Leonard Lopate’s chat with the Met’s photo curator Malcolm Daniel on WNYC.

Of interest: The Daily News makes a point about the importance of some of the images in the history of photography. The unnamed critic writes:

… photography officially became art in 1928, when the Metropolitan, no careless guardian of its own hauteur, accepted many of the photographs now on display into its permanent collection.

Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand continues at the Metropolitan Museum until April 10, 2011, and features 115 works from the Museum’s collection by three major 20th-century American photographers: Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), Edward Steichen (1879–1973), and Paul Strand (1890–1976). To listen to the audio podcast narrated by the curator of the show, click here.

Image captions: (left) Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946) or Edward Steichen (American, born Luxembourg, 1879–1973), “Mrs. Selma Schubart” (1907), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1955; (right) Edward Steichen, “Alfred Stieglitz” (1907), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1955.

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