Alice Neel “People Come First”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

poster for Alice Neel “People Come First”
[Image: A detail from a painting by Alice Neel, titled Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, dated 1978.]
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Alice Neel: People Come First will be the first museum retrospective in New York of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) in twenty years. This ambitious survey will position Neel as one of the century’s most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art, as demonstrated in the approximately one hundred paintings, drawings, and watercolors that will appear in The Met’s survey.

Images of activists demonstrating against fascism and racism will appear alongside paintings of impoverished victims of the Great Depression, as well as portraits of Neel’s neighbors in Spanish Harlem, leaders from a wide range of political organizations, queer artists and performers, and members of New York’s global diaspora. The exhibition will also highlight Neel’s erotic watercolors and pastels from the 1930s, her depictions of mothers, and her paintings of nude figures (some of them visibly pregnant), all of whose candor and irreverence are without precedent in the history of Western art.

A longtime resident of the city, New York served as Neel’s most faithful subject. Indeed, the sum total of her work testifies to the drama of its streets, the quotidian beauty of its buildings, and most importantly, the diversity, resilience, and passion of its residents. “For me, people come first,” Neel declared in 1950. “I have tried to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being.”

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Schedule

from March 22, 2021 to August 01, 2021

Artist(s)

Alice Neel

Website

http://www.metmuseum.org (venue's website)

Fee

Suggested Donations: Adults $25, Seniors $17, Students $12, Members and Children Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:30
fridays closing at 21:00, saturdays closing at 21:00
Closed on Holidays
Note:Open on some holiday Mondays.

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Address: 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-570-3951 Fax: 212-472-2764

Corner of 82nd St. Subway: 6 to 77th Street or 4/5/6 to 86th Street

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