NMWA presents a creative new way of looking at works in the special exhibition and collection galleries. The “See for Yourself” guide—created for adults but adaptable for younger visitors—consists of interactive cards that allow you to build your own museum experience. Simply pick up a complimentary packet at the information desk then look for works in that galleries that have the yellow NMWA building symbol on their labels and pull out the corresponding cards from the packet.
Each card provides background about the artists and their work along with questions and fun facts so that you can engage with the art and reflect on your experience:
*Ready for a Close Up: Much of Berenice Abbott’s (1898-1991) photography focuses on the emergence of the modern city and its progressive residents. Abbott’s cityscapes are bold and energetic, while her portraits defy conventions and celebrate new ideas of society, art, and personal identity.
*Take a closer look: Abbott believed photography should be documentary and rarely manipulated her negatives. in portraits, she strives to give a true representation of the sitter. Likewise, her urban scenes record the city’s changing character rather than glorifying the modern metropolis.
*Who knew?: After living in Europe for eight years, Abbott returned to New York City. Struck by the city’s metamorphosis, she felt compelled to document the fusion of old and new. With the help of the Works Progress Administration grant, she executed her vision in 305 photographs.
*Something to talk about: What does or does not appeal to you about Abbott’s straightforward style, known as documentary photography?
The cards in the packets will change throughout the year based on the exhibitions on view, so be sure to come back often to “See for Yourself!”