The acquisition of works of art is central to the Metropolitan Museum's mission, and was a hallmark of Philippe de Montebello's tenure as director. In conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years, this series of lectures and panel discussions celebrates the impressive additions to the Museum collections made under Mr. de Montebello's esteemed directorship.
Curator Malcolm Daniel gives a history of the Metropolitan’s Department of Photographs, describing the evolution of the collection from its origin in a series of gifts from Stieglitz, through the acquisition of John Waddell’s Ford Motor Company Collection of photography from between the wars, and finally, in 2005, the Gilman Paper Company Collection. Regarded as one of the preeminent photography collections in the world, The Gilman Collection includes over eight thousand, five hundred of the finest early French, British, and American photographs, as well as masterpieces from the turn of the century and the modern period.
Malcolm Daniel, curator, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection
Learn more about the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions:
Learn more about the early gifts of Alfred Steiglitz: