"Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
September 25, 2007-March 23, 2008
The inaugural exhibition in the Met’s new galleries devoted to contemporary photography, “Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan,” seems more dearth than depth. The Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography is dedicated to photography “created since 1960,” a bold move for the Met, which has been amassing these works over the past ten years. Yet the nineteen images on current display, many of them on the scale of Old Master paintings, add up to less than the sum of their parts. The current selection feels both random and predictable. (Future exhibitions will be presented “thematically” and such curatorial constructs as “landscape and the built environment” or “the body” sound less than promising.)