Established in 1987 thanks to a gift from the Wallach family, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs unites what had formerly been five separate departments under a single banner. Divisional holdings comprise works of art, pictures, ephemera, as well as reference materials on painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, and the history of architecture from prehistoric times to the present. The Wallach Division also serves as the access point to the Spencer Collection of fine bindings and illustrated books and the Picture Collection, founded in 1915, which is organized by subjects depicted. Together, these collections include more than two million works of items in various mediums and formats, complemented by nearly 700,000 monographs and periodicals. The quality, depth, and scope of these holdings have earned the Wallach Division an international reputation among a broad variety of scholars and lovers of art.
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New Exhibition! Fortune and Folly in 1720
September 23, 2022–February 19, 2023
Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, which spawned the invention of French banknotes as well as joint-stock companies built on fantasies of New World trade, imposed on everyday Europeans a crash course in new financial products. In turn, a bubbling print market relentlessly caricatured the meltdown, offering viewers an entertaining primer on the otherwise bewildering realities of modern economic life. Learn more.
OngoingOnline OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThis online exhibition presents a selection of Posada’s calaveras and announces the digitization of the entirety of the Library’s Posada…