The Met Breuer – Major Diane Arbus Exhibition photos by Miguel Villalobos

Dear Shaded Viewers,

More than 100 photographs that redefine the work of Diane Arbus (1923-71) open the inaugural season at The Met Breuer. The images focus on the first seven years of her career from 1956-1962, the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized, praised, critized and copied the world over.

 “It is a rare privilege to present an exhibition this revelatory, on an artist of Arbus’s stature. More than two-thirds of these works have never before been exhibited or published,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “We sincerely thank the Estate of Diane Arbus for entrusting us to show an unknown aspect of this remarkable artist’s legacy with the camera.” 

Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs, added, “Arbus’s early photographs are wonderfully rich in achievement and perhaps as quietly riveting and ultimately controversial as the iconic images for which she is so widely known. She brings us face-to-face with what she had first glimpsed at the age of 16—‘the divineness in ordinary things – and through her photographs we begin to see it too."


 ordinary things’—and through her photographs we begin to see it too.” 

diane arbus: in the beginning is curated by Jef L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the

Department of Photographs at The Met.

Exhibition design is by Brian Butterfield, Senior Exhibition Designer; graphics are by Anna Rieger, Graphic Designer; and lighting design is by Laura Mroczkowski, Lighting Designer, all of The Met’s Design Department.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.