Curator Talk on Irving Penn

Woman wearing an elaborate hat with a chicken on it

Irving Penn, Woman in Chicken Hat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York, 1949. Gelatin silver print, 15 1/16 x 14 3/8 in. (38.3 x 36.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation © The Irving Penn Foundation

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Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Irving Penn with Emma Acker, curator of American art and coordinating curator for the exhibition.

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Irving Penn graphics for exhibition

About the speaker

Emma Acker is curator of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the coordinating curator for Irving Penn. She recently served as installation curator for Sargent and Spain (2023). In 2018, she organized Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art, which was identified by the Washington Post as one of the top two surveys of American art that year.


Lead Sponsors
John Pritzker Family Fund

Major Support
The Bernard Osher Foundation 

Significant Support
Dagmar Dolby
Jason E. Moment

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation, and in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Free. Seating is limited and unassigned. Tickets for the discussion are distributed in front of the Koret Auditorium an hour before the program begins, first come, first served. This does not include admission to the museum.

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