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From the Archives: Artists in the Galleries

Hosting artists alongside their art is a privilege and a pleasure that has long been a part of our history. This past year, the museum welcomed contemporary artists such as Mounira Al Solh, Peter Fischli,  Andrew Lord, Cauleen Smith, and Xu Longsen into the galleries as we opened exhibitions of their work. A search through our archives yielded these images of five visitors from the past who lent their unique presence to the galleries.

Ivan Albright, in the flesh, invites comparisons to a self-portrait painted nearly 30 years earlier: Self-Portrait, 1935. Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection.

A self-possessed Georgia O’Keeffe stands beside Blue and Green Music, 1919/21; Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses, 1931; and Red and Pink Rocks and Teeth, 1938, all part of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, gift of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Though the model was not related, he wore Chagall's father's prayer clothes, and he has the same intensity in his eyes as the artist in Praying Jew, 1923, (one of two versions after a 1914 composition). Joseph Winterbotham Collection. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

The ever-dapper Salvador Dalí poses beside A Chemist Lifting with Extreme Precaution the Cuticle of a Grand Piano, 1936. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Randall Shapiro.

Marcel Duchamp chats with curator Katharine Kuh, standing on, not descending, the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase. One of the museum's most important recent acquisitions was Duchamp's Bottle Rack, 1914/59, signed 1960. Through prior gifts of Mary and Leigh Block, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. Culberg, and Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf; Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection Fund; through prior gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection; Sheila Anne Morgenstern in memory of Dorothy O. Morgenstern and William V. Morgenstern; through prior bequests of Joseph Winterbotham and Mima de Manziarly Porter; Ada Turnbull Hertle and Modern Discretionary funds.