Gallery Met: Heroines

Inaugural exhibition celebrating the 2006–07 season
Cecily Brown, George Condo, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Barnaby Furnas, Makiko Kudo, Wangechi Mutu, Richard Prince, David Salle, Sophie von Hellermann
September 22, 2006 – May 12, 2007

Gallery Met was inaugurated with the group exhibition Heroines, featuring works by some of the art world’s most innovative and provocative figures who were invited to contribute pieces inspired by the heroines of the season’s six new productions. “We tried to think about how visual artists could be involved with the Met in non-traditional ways,” said Gallery Met Director Dodie Kazanjian when plans for the new space were first announced. “‘Heroines,’ as a theme, seemed like a natural place to start. We tapped some of the most original talents working today—people who would bring highly idiosyncratic and challenging perspectives to the exhibition.”

  • Cecily Brown
    Untitled (Suor Angelica), 2004-2005
    oil on linen
    80 x 84 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery, NY

    Opera: Il Trittico (Suor Angelica) 

  • George Condo
    The Opera Singer (Rosina), 2006
    oil on canvas
    65 x 120 inches
    Courtey the artist and Skarstedt Gallery, NY

    Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

  • John Currin
    Helena, 2006
    oil on canvas
    20 x 25 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery, NY

    Opera: Die Ägyptische Helena 

  • Verne Dawson
    Euridice & Orfeo, 2006
    oil on linen
    36 x 44 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, NY

    Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice 

  • Barnaby Furnas
    Untitled (Euridice), 2005
    mixed media on linen
    50 x 38 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY

    Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice 

  • Makiko Kudo
    Princess Yue-yang, 2004
    oil on canvas
    71.65 x 89.37 inches
    Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali Gallery, NY, and Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

    Opera: The First Emperor (world premiere by composer Tan Dun) 

  • Wangechi Mutu
    Love's a Witch, Orfeo's Underworld Coronation for Euridice, 2006
    Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, NY

    Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice

  • Richard Prince
    Madame Butterfly Isn't Dead, 2006
    11 x 8.5 inches
    Couresty the artist and Gladstone Gallery, NY

    Opera: Madama Butterfly 

  • David Salle
    Helena at 5am, 2006
    oil on linen
    96 x 168 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, NY

    Opera: Die Ägyptische Helena

  • Sophie von Hellermann
    Rosina, 2006
    pigment on canvas
    86.61 x 110.24
    Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery, NY

    Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia