Moma’s Photography Curator, Sarah Meister and AGWA Chair, Fiona Kalaf at the exhibition opening


A taste of the Big Apple has arrived in Perth, in the form of some iconic 20th century images, on loan from New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

You’ll see a frightened Italian family looking for lost baggage on Ellis Island in 1905. A welder, risking his life as he dangles outside the Empire State Building in 1930. And plenty more striking images are all a part of the exhibition Picturing New York

The 153 pictures, by great photographers including Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Stieglitz, will be lighting up the Art Gallery of WA until May 12.



The gallery’s director, Stefano Carboni, who lived in New York for 16 years before moving to Perth, quoted John Steinbeck at this week’s media launch:

“New York is an ugly city, a dirty city.  Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition murderous.  But there is one thing about it – once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”

Thankfully for us, Stefano has been able to adapt to, and help enrich, the city that often sleeps after his time in the world’s fastest city. He’s doing all he can to try and help Perth lift its game and be seen as less of a cultural backwater (our words, not his!) 


Director of the Art Gallery of WA, Stefano Carboni and AGWA Chair, Fiona Kalaf


This is the only place this exhibition will be seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

Picturing New York: Photographs From The Museum Of Modern Art is on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from January 26 until May 12.


Sarah Meister talks us through an image of a US Navy airship over New York

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