“Diane Arbus: In the Beginning” at The Met Breuer

Spotlighting the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus (1923–1971), this exhibition explores the genesis of one of the most influential and controversial artists of the twentieth century. The show focuses on Arbus’s first seven years working with the camera on the streets of New York City (1956–1962), a dramatic era in American history and the period when the artist developed her idiosyncratic style and subject matter soon recognized, praised, criticized, and copied the world over.

The majority of the photographs will be drawn from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast Diane Arbus Archive, acquired in 2007 by gift and promised gift from the artist’s estate. More than half of the photographs have not been exhibited or published, offering general visitors and scholars alike an unparalleled opportunity to see the work of this evocative and haunting artist.

Start Date

July 11, 2016

End Date

November 27, 2016


11:00 AM - 05:30 AM


Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

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