"Irving Penn: Centennial" exhibition

Irving Penn,  After-Dinner Games  ,  New York, 1947  ©  Condé Nast

Irving Penn, After-Dinner Games, New York, 1947 © Condé Nast


In celebration of the centennial of Penn’s birth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present the most comprehensive retrospective of his work to date, co-curated by Maria Morris Hambourg, independent curator and founding curator of The Met's Department of Photographs, and Jeff L. Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Met.

"Irving Penn: Centennial" will feature more than two hundred photographs made throughout his nearly 70-year career. In addition, the installation will present one of Penn's Rolleiflex cameras and the original theater curtain backdrop he acquired in Paris in 1950 and used for all the Small Trades photographs. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by an audio guide featuring excerpts of archival recordings of Irving Penn as well as interviews with the curators and the artist's son.

For more information, including related programs, visit The Met's exhibition page.

The exhibition will travel to the Grand Palais in Paris in September 2017, and continue its international tour with stops in Germany and Brazil.

Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 199
From April 24 until July 30, 2017