08/02/2013 03:35 pm ET Updated Oct 02, 2013

82nd & Fifth: BELOW THE SURFACE by Ian Alteveer

Curator Ian Alteveer admits that it took a while to discover the wonderful secrets of Jasper Johns' White Flag; for example, each star had been cut out separately and collaged onto the surface. "As I warmed up to this work, I realized that a work can be inscrutable and you can still love it."

Watch Jasper Johns speak about White Flag at the Met in 2000.