Photo Museums: New York  

Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York - NY12222
The Art Collections of the University at Albany reflect over 30 years of contemporary art and include over 3,000 works (primarily on paper). The collections include works by such renowned artists as Vito Acconci, Mel Bochner, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Willem deKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Leon Golub, Donald Judd, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Nevelson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Robert Smithson. More recent acquisitions include works by Xu Bing, Yasumasa Morimura, Vic Muniz, Tim Rollins+ K.O.S., Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker.
 
Bronx
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York - NY10456
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences.
 
Brooklyn
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York - NY11238
The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the Museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.
 
Buffalo
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York - NY14222
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's 150-year tradition of collecting, conserving, and exhibiting the art of its time has given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary art collections. Thomas Hoving, art historian and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, said that "the Albright-Knox Art Gallery should be on everyone’s list to see, for it’s an overwhelming art experience. Small, intimate, and seductive, the museum has one of the most thumping modern and contemporary collections in the world." The museum's Collection is especially rich in post-war American and European art, acquired mostly through the generosity of its patron, the late Seymour H. Knox, Jr. Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and art from the 1970s through the end of the century are well represented by exceptional works from Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns.
 
Clinton
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, New York - NY13323
The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art joins traditional object-based learning with advances in interdisciplinary approaches. With its visible archive and open storage, the museum allows for unprecedented access to a collection of art and artifacts that span millennia and cultures. The Wellin’s state-of-the-art facility offers classroom space, a study center to facilitate access to and research of the collection, and a versatile exhibition space. By bringing the classroom into the museum, the Wellin functions as an exceptional teaching tool, available to students and faculty alike. The museum also serves the broader community, encouraging observation, exploration, and engagement through its presentation of exhibitions on the cutting edge of art, art scholarship, and research in other disciplines.
 
Cooperstown
5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, New York - NY13326
Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage through exhibitions and programs that provoke, delight, and inspire.
 
East Hampton
158 Main Street
East Hampton, New York - NY11937
From the beginning over 80 years ago, the holdings have grown significantly in size and scope. In the early 1960’s, the collection began to focus on the artists who have lived and worked in the region, including some of the country’s most celebrated painters, sculptors, photographers and graphic artists. It was not until 1970 when the then Dewey Wing, with climate-controlled art storage and processing facilities, was added that collecting started in earnest. In 1973, the museum received the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and it was reaccredited in 2010. Today, the holdings of the 19th, 20th and 21st century art include paintings, sculpture, prints, watercolors, photographs and drawings by internationally distinguished artists such as Pollock, Krasner, deKooning, and Lichtenstein. The museum continues to acquire works by donation and acquisition. The year-round schedule of changing exhibitions includes both one-person and group shows, the annual Members Exhibition and the Student Arts Festival.
 
Hempstead
0 HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
Hempstead, New York - NY11549
The Hofstra University Museum, the only American Association of Museums accredited university museum on Long Island, has a permanent collection that is one of the most valuable university collections in the New York metropolitan area. The Museum’s permanent collection contains more than 4,600 objects spanning 5,000 years of human history and representing 6 continents. The collection includes major works of art by American and European modern era artists in painting, sculpture, photography, prints and other works on paper, along with Asian, Oceanic, African and Pre-Columbian art.
 
Huntington
2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, New York - NY11743
The Heckscher Museum of Art’s collection spans 500 years of Western art with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Established in 1920 with a gift from August Heckscher of 185 works, the collection now numbers more than 2500 pieces by American and European artists. American landscape painting and work by Long Island artists, past and present, are particular strengths, as is American and European modernism. Photography is a growing part of the collection. In photography, the Museum has extensive holdings of the work of Berenice Abbott, Larry Fink, and Eadweard Muybridge. The collection recently received an important gift of Man Ray’s Electricité portfolio of 1931, consisting of ten rayographs commissioned by a Parisian electric company, the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricité (CPDE), to promote the domestic uses of electricity.
 
Ithaca
114 Central Avenue
Ithaca, New York - NY14853
The photography collection at the Johnson Museum began with a bequest of forty-eights works from William P. Chapman, Class of 1895. These included predominantly Pictorialist photographers Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence White, and Alfred Stieglitz. The photography collection has grown steadily and now numbers nearly six thousand works, representing the history of the photographic medium, from early examples by William Henry Talbot, Hill and Adamson, and Julia Margaret Cameron to the work of present-day photographers. In addition, we have in-depth collections of the work of Cornell graduate Margaret Bourke-White as well as Robert Frank, Berenice Abbott, Leon Levinstein, Ralph Meatyard, and William Klein. In 2012 the new Rona Hollander Citrin ’80 and Jeffrey Citrin Photography Center will open, providing new opportunities for the Museum to integrate the study of photography into Cornell's curriculum and to ensure that the collection is seen, studied, and taught to its maximum potential. With a few examples of early work, the video collection mainly represents the Johnson’s recent engagement with the medium. The future Picket Family Gallery will provide a dedicated space for video and other time-based art.
 
Katonah
134 Jay Street
Katonah, New York - NY10536
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. Our Learning Center is the only interactive space in Westchester County where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Our outreach programs for the local Hispanic immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs. The KMA works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among this population.
 
New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York - NY12561
collection of 19th and 20th century photographs. Although the museum held only two photographs then, the collection now includes more than 1,300 photographs, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes. In 1995, a formal partnership established with the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) resulted in the transfer of the permanent print collection developed by CPW to the Dorsky on extended loan. The CPW collection includes primarily contemporary work and is international in scope; it contributes significantly to the breadth of the museum's photographic holdings. This unique partnership, which includes collaborations with the university's programs in fine art photography and digital imaging is responsible for forging a strong and vital presence for the photographic arts in the region.
 
New York
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York - NY10128
In 1992, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation named the Guggenheim Foundation the recipient of approximately 200 of Mapplethorpe’s finest photographs and unique objects. Realized in several stages between 1993 and 1998, the gift made the Guggenheim the most comprehensive public repository of this important American artist’s work, and also inaugurated the museum’s photography collection and exhibition program.
In 2001, the Bohen Foundation, a private charitable organization that commissions new works of art with an emphasis on film, video, and new media, gave the Guggenheim its holdings of some 275 works by 45 artists, immeasurably expanding the museum’s collection of contemporary art. Ranging from important photographic works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Sophie Calle to room-sized installations incorporating large-scale video installations by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Pierre Huyghe, and Willie Doherty, the collection represents a vital and dynamic cross section of art at the turn of the millennium
 
New York
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, New York - NY10036
The collection spans the history of the photographic medium, from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints, but is strongest in its holdings of American and European documentary photography from about 1930 through the 1960s. Among the highlights are comprehensive archives of the works of Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Gerda Taro, Chim (David Seymour), Roman Vishniac, and Weegee (Arthur Fellig), as well as works by members of the Photo League and photographers of the Farm Security Administration. Also included are substantial holdings of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Andre Kertesz, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Aaron Siskind, James VanDerZee, and Garry Winogrand. Another component of the collection is a significant group of photographically illustrated magazines such as Vu, Regards, Picture Post, Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung, and Life. The collection also includes a distinctive survey of vernacular photography, including photographic albums, commercial photography, and real photo postcards. Recent acquisitions include key works by Mitch Epstein, Hiroh Kikai, Seidou Keita, Justine Kurland, Liu Zheng, Gillian Laub, Louise Lawler, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Collier Schorr, Stephen Shore, Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, and Mickalene Thomas.
 
New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, New York - NY10029
Launched in December 2010, the Collections Portal is the public side of a digitization project that enables Web visitors to discover ever-larger portions of the Museum's collections. We currently offer nearly 100,000 images of New York City, thousands of which have never been available for public viewing. And this is just a start - more material will be added to the portal as imaging and cataloging work is completed. Be sure to use the magnifying glass icon below each picture to explore the images with the zoom feature - we captured the objects at an exceedingly high resolution, enabling you to investigate even the smallest details of these historic images.
 
New York
1083 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York - NY10128
Today, the Academy includes over 300 artists and architect members, with over 2,000 having been elected since the Academy’s founding. Owing to the vision of the Academicians who present their work upon induction into the Academy, our unique permanent collection now includes over 7,000 works.
 
New York
1 Bowling Green
New York, New York - NY1004
In addition to the object collections, the museum’s holdings also include the Photographic Archive (approximately 324,000 images from the 1860s to the present); the Media Archive (approximately 12,000 items) including film and audiovisual collections such as wax cylinders, phonograph discs, 16mm and 35mm motion picture film, magnetic media of many varieties, and optical and digital media recorded from the late 1800s through the present; and the Paper Archive (approximately 1500 linear feet) comprised of records dating from the 1860s to the present that preserve the documentary history of the NMAI, its predecessor, the Museum of the American Indian (MAI), Heye Foundation, and their collections, as well as other documentary and archival materials. Each of these four permanent collections components is defined by its individual scope and described in detail below. NMAI also maintains unaccessioned collections, including educational teaching collections and non-Native works of art depicting American Indian subjects, as well as poorly documented materials currently being researched for their value to the overall collection or potential disposition.
 
New York
235 Bowery
New York, New York - NY10002
The New Museum began as an idea in the mind of founding Director Marcia Tucker. As a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 through 1976, Tucker observed firsthand that new work by living artists was not easily assimilated into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of the traditional art museum.
 
New York
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York - NY10027
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s permanent collection represents more than 400 artists, spans 200 years of history and includes over 1,700 works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolors, photographs, videos and mixed-media installations. The collection is a record of the growth of the institution and its activities, including its foundational Artist-in-Residence program. The Museum is also the custodian of an extensive archive of the work of photographer James VanDerZee, the quintessential chronicler of the Harlem Community from 1906 to 1984.
 
New York
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, New York - NY10128
The Jewish Museum's collection explores the intersection of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through 26,000 objects of different media, including fine arts, Judaica, and broadcast media. Works of fine art began to be acquired in the late 1940s; a significant collection of coins and medals was assembled and donated between 1935 and 1948; two major collections of archaeological artifacts were acquired in 1973 and 1981. In 1981 the Museum established the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting, now holding over 4,300 television and radio programs. The collection of Fine Arts comprises paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, books, manuscripts and decorative arts ranging from the late 18th century to the present. Fine arts in the collection depict Jewish personalities, customs and environments, comment on the meaning of Jewish life and history, and explore the issues of Jewish identity from the perspectives of both Jewish and non-Jewish artists.
 
New York
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, New York - NY10028
Established as an independent curatorial department in 1992, The Met's Department of Photographs houses a collection of more than 25,000 works spanning the history of photography from its invention in the 1830s to the present. Among the treasures from the early years of the medium are a rare album of photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot made just months after he presented his invention to the public; a large collection of portrait daguerreotypes by the Boston firm of Southworth and Hawes; landscape photographs of the American West by Timothy O'Sullivan and Carleton Watkins; and fine examples of French photography from the 1850s by Edouard Baldus, Charles N ègre, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, Nadar, and others.
 
New York
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, New York - NY10016
The mission of The Morgan Library & Museum is to preserve, build, study, present, and interpret a collection of extraordinary quality, in order to stimulate enjoyment, excite the imagination, advance learning, and nurture creativity. A global institution focused on the European and American traditions, the Morgan houses one of the world's foremost collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and ancient and other works of art. These holdings, which represent the legacy of Pierpont Morgan and numerous later benefactors, comprise a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and of the creative process.
 
New York
11 West 53 Street
New York, New York - NY10019
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) began collecting modern photography in 1930 and established the department in 1940. The Museum's holdings of more than 25,000 works constitute one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary photography in the world. As diverse as photography itself, the collection includes work not only by artists, but also by journalists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and amateurs.
 
New York
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, New York - NY10021
The Whitney’s collection— comprising more than 19,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 2,900 artists—contains some of the most significant and exciting work created by artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
 
Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara University, New York - NY14109
The Castellani Art Museum Photograph collection includes over 1,400 prints. Initiated by the Castellani family gifts, the photography collection has grown significantly in the last decade through annual donations of work from Robert Freidus, Marc Freidus and other collectors. Photographs from the 1970's and 1980's are particularly well represented.
 
Queens
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, New York - NY11368
The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community. The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design. The Queens Museum presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents, while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.
 
Red Hook
1 Garden Rd
Red Hook, New York - NY12571
Since 1994, the Center for Curatorial Studies has presented rotating temporary exhibitions of contemporary art in the 9,500 square-foot CCS Galleries. Designed by architect Jim Goettsch and Nada Andric, the Galleries include advanced storage facilities and a special gallery designed for the presentation of video art and works on film. Exhibitions in the CCS Galleries are organized by Center staff and visiting curators and scholars, who are invited to discuss their projects with students and the public in gallery walk-throughs and the Center’s lecture series. CCS exhibitions reflect the Center’s principal aim to encourage and explore experimental approaches to the presentation of contemporary visual arts, and are also utilized by students in the Center’s graduate program for their collaborative first-year projects and second-year thesis exhibitions.

On November 12, 2006, the Center for Curatorial Studies inaugurates the Hessel Museum of Art, a new 17,000 square-foot building dedicated to the Marieluise Hessel Collection of over 1,700 contemporary works. The new museum will provide an educational venue for Bard students as well as the wider public, and a place to test out the possibilities of exhibition making utilizing the remarkable resources of the collection as a whole. Exhibitions in the Hessel Museum of Art will compliment the extensive exhibitions curated for the CCS Galleries.
 
Rochester
900 East Avenue
Rochester, New York - NY14607
The photography collection includes more than 400,000 photographs and negatives dating from the invention of photography to the present day. The collection embraces numerous landmark processes, objects of great rarity, and monuments of art history that trace the evolution of the medium as a technology, as a means of scientific and historical documentation, and as one of the most potent and accessible means of personal expression of the modern era. More than 14,000 photographers are represented in the collection, including virtually all the major figures in the history of the medium. The collection includes original vintage works produced by nearly every process and printing medium employed. • A major collection of Ansel Adams’ early and vintage prints • A major collection of nineteenth-century photographs of the American West • A major collection of early French photography • One of the largest collections of daguerreotypes in the world • For all levels of researchers, one of the most accessible of important photographic collections
 
Roslyn Harbor
1 Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, New York - NY11576
Ranked among the nation's largest, most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art is located about 25 miles east of New York City in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular property in the heart of Long Island's fabled Gold Coast. The main museum building, named in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold and Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century.
 
Staten Island
2 Hylan Boulevard at Edgewater Street
Staten Island, New York - NY10305
In the house you will find a permanent exhibition of Alice Austen's work, temporary exhibitions, and period rooms. Alice Austen (1866 - 1952) was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers, and over the course of her life she captured about 8,000 images. Though she is best known for her documentary work, Austen was an artist with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Furthermore, she was a landscape designer, a master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car. She never married, and instead spent fifty years with Gertrude Tate. A rebel who broke away from the ties of her Victorian environment, Alice Austen created her own independent life.
 
Syracuse
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, New York - NY13202
A collection of 450 photographs provides an overview of developments in that medium over many years. A strong holding of images from the post-World War II era offers particular insight into photography during that time.
 
 
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