Author Archives: John

John Coffey is the Deputy Director for Art and Curator of American and Modern Art.

Letter from Berlin, Part 1

Indian Fantasy, Marsden Hartley’s ecstatic dream of a Native American paradise and one of the glories of the Museum’s modern collection, is 100 years old this summer. Unfortunately, the party will have to be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the painting is featured in a brilliant exhibition, Marsden Hartley: The [...]

Three New Judaic Acquisitions

John shares excitement for new Judaic acquisitions

Arms for Art and Other Shenanigans

Conserving sculpture to tell a story

Hanukkah Lamp

John describes timely changes in the Judaic gallery

Steinhardt Collection of Judaica

John describes a recent triumph for the Judaic art gallery

Watering the Horses

John ponders oddity in American paintings

Saint-Gaudens Bronze Reinstalled

John describes a rare find, lovingly framed in the American gallery

Sargent’s Israel and the Law

John tells the story of our new Sargent painting

Torah Silver Combines Beauty and History

John shows a dazzling new acquisition for the Judaic Gallery

Revisiting the Thing in the Window

John circles back to the site of an earlier post on our O’Keeffe