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Upcoming Exhibition

Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

March 3 – May 19, 2024

A legacy in modern design.


Alexey Brodovitch reviewing page layouts for Richard Avedon’s Observations (detail), 1959. Photo by Hiro. © 2024 Estate of Y. Hiro Wakabayashi

Adults $25; seniors $23 (tickets good for 2 days); students $5; members free

About the Exhibition

Russian-born designer, photographer, and instructor Alexey Brodovitch (1898–1971) is best known as the art director of the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar between 1934 and 1958, where he infused the publication with a new modern aesthetic, making photography the cornerstone of its visual identity. He is also known for his mentorship of an extraordinary number of celebrated documentary and fashion photographers, including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Eve Arnold, and Lillian Bassman, and his work with luminaries such as Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, and Martin Munkácsi.

Presented in the Roberts Gallery, this exhibition focuses on the significance of this influential but often overlooked figure and considers his collaborations with many of the major figures of 20th-century photography.


Alexey Brodovitch reviewing page layouts for Richard Avedon’s Observations, 1959. Photo by Hiro. © 2024 Estate of Y. Hiro Wakabayashi

Exhibition Organization

Organized by the Barnes and curated by consulting curator Katy Wan, Managing Curator, D.Daskalopoulos Collection Gift, Tate Modern, London.


Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me


This lavishly illustrated volume explores the influence and significance of Alexey Brodovitch—his career and personal projects as well as his mentorship of an array of celebrated documentary and fashion photographers. The authors address Brodovitch’s impact on photography as an artistic medium in the mid-20th century and explore how European art and design became the foundation of a new American print culture. Paperback with slipcase; 174 pages

Related Programs

Member Previews
Thursday, February 29 – Saturday, March 2, 10am – 5pm
Members are invited to see the exhibition before it opens to the public.

First Friday
March 1, April 5, and May 3; 6 – 9pm
Enjoy an evening of art, live music, cocktails, and light fare at our monthly First Friday mixer and performance series. Each event includes access to the Barnes collection and Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me.

Curator Talk: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me
Saturday, March 2, 1 – 2pm
Join curator Katy Wan for an enlightening exhibition preview.

Exhibition Tours
Thursday – Monday, beginning March 7, 1pm
Trace the indelible mark that Brodovitch left on a generation of artists, designers, and publishers.

Private Exhibition Tours
Thursday – Monday, beginning March 7, 10am, 11am, 2pm
This tour is a private one-hour experience for up to seven guests.

Members-Only Exhibition Tours
Thursdays, March 7 – May 16, 2 – 3pm
Members are invited to exclusive tours of Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me in the Roberts Gallery.

Members-Only Online Tours
Wednesdays, March 13, April 17, and May 15; 2–3 pm
Members are invited to exclusive online exhibition tours.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
March 3
, April 7, and May 5; 10am – 5pm
On the first Sunday of every month, the Barnes partners with PECO to offer a free day of family fun. Along with art making, educational activities, and featured performances, the event includes access to the Barnes collection and Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me.

Online Class: Fashion Photography: The Magazine as Canvas
Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15, 6:30 – 8pm
Survey the key artists who blurred the lines between fine art and commercial photography, forever changing print media.


Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me is sponsored by:

Key support is provided by the David Berg Foundation.

Additional support comes from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan, Hearst, Donna and Jerry Slipakoff, and other individuals.

Ongoing support for exhibitions comes from the Christine and Michael Angelakis Exhibition Fund, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Lois and Julian Brodsky Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Christine and George Henisee Exhibition Fund, Aileen and Brian Roberts, and the Tom and Margaret Lehr Whitford Exhibition Fund.

Lead support for the exhibition publication is provided by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

In addition, funding for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura T. Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Penelope P. Harris, Jones & Wajahat Family, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Victor F. Keen and Jeanne Ruddy, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, The Park Family, Wendy and Mark Rayfield, Anne and Bruce Robinson, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, The Victory Foundation, Kirsten White, Randi Zemsky and Bob Lane, Anonymous.