Un/Seen Together: Invention and Selection in Photography at the Morgan

Friday, March 8, 2024, 6–7 PM

Tickets: Free; advance registration is encouraged but not required.


The exhibition Seen Together is composed of previously unseen works acquired since the founding of the Department of Photography in 2012. In a richly illustrated lecture, curator Joel Smith examines decisions that have gone into building the Morgan’s youngest collection—and into choosing a relative handful of objects to tell the collection’s story. Curation, like photography, communicates through selection, elimination, and framing. A fuller picture of the evolving collection emerges from a glimpse of invisible choices made behind the scenes.

This lecture takes place in Gilder Lehrman Hall on the Ground Floor. Doors to the Hall will open 30 minutes before the program begins, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Seen Together will be open throughout the day before the program.

Joe Rudko, Stage (detail), 2017, 32 x 45 inches Gelatin silver print collage. Purchased as the gift of Richard and Ronay Menschel in memory of James M. Smith 2022.136. Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail tickets@themorgan.org for information.