'Irving Penn: Centennial' Retrospective Exhibit Opens at the MET


The MET continues to roll out a strong spring program with an extensive exhibit dedicated to influential photographer Irving Penn. Running at the same time as an extensive exhibit on Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons, it's a perfect time to make a visit to the New York institution. Find more information on the exhibit along with dates below.

Long celebrated for more than six decades of influential work at Vogue magazine, Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. His early photographs of couture are masterpieces that established a new standard for photographic renderings of style at mid-century, and he continued to record the cycles of fashions year after year in exquisite images characterized by striking shapes and formal brilliance. His rigorous modern compositions, minimal backgrounds, and diffused lighting were innovative and immensely influential. Yet Penn's photographs of fashion are merely the most salient of his specialties. He was a peerless portraitist, whose perceptions extended beyond the human face and figure to take in more complete codes of demeanor, adornment, and artifact. He was also blessed with an acute graphic intelligence and a sculptor's sensitivity to volumes in light, talents that served his superb nude studies and life-long explorations of still life.

Dates: April 24–July 30, 2017
Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 199
New York, NY