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Meeting Room, Sabbathday Lake, Maine

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Meeting Room, Sabbathday Lake, Maine

Linda Butler

Artist Nationality
North American

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

14 11/16 in x 18 7/16 in (37.31 cm x 46.83 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);15 7/8 in x 19 11/16 in (40.32 cm x 50.01 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Linda Butler

Subject matter
One of a series of photographs of Shaker villages that Linda Butler took between 1983-1985, this photograph depicts the inside of a meeting room in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The image was photographed from the center of the room in between the two rows of benches, and draws attention to the slight asymmetry in the built space. Butler sets up a fascinating comparison between the ceiling beams and geometric regularity of the benches, which are bisected by diagonal beams of light that shine through the meeting room windows and cast parallelogram-shaped shadows on the floor.

Physical Description
Photograph of the inside of a room with benches and long shadows.

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Collection Area

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Shaker (Christian sect)
beam ceilings
benches (furniture)
conference rooms
modern and contemporary art
reflected light

2 Related Resources

Architecture in photography 1949-1989
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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