Interior, Provincetown Artist(s)Joel MeyerowitzArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1977Medium & Supportdye-transfer print on paperDimensions
15 1/4 in x 19 1/8 in (38.74 cm x 48.58 cm)Credit LineGift of Maxine and Lawrence K. SniderLabel copy
Both Joanne Leonard and Joel Meyerowitz use mirrors and windows to expand our perspective on domestic spaces. An active feminist in the early 1970s, Leonard was keenly aware of shifting expectations of women's and men's social roles, especially as they played out in the family home. In these two photographs she explores the power dynamics of looking by depicting a nude man in the private acts of grooming and sleeping - activities historically found in images of nude women made by male artists.
Meyerowitz, too, focuses on the domestic sphere in his photographs, many of which were made in the beachside resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, on the northern tip of Cape Cod. His studies of the subtle variations of light and color on Cape Cod are some of the first uses of color photography outisde of the advertising industry. This image depicts Meyerowitz's upstairs bedroom. In it, an antique standing mirror and the light streaming in from the adjacent window conjure up an air of quiet nostalgia.Subject matter
This photograph of an interior of a room stages a play of reflections on various glass and mirror surfaces. Bright light, diffused through and modulated by flower-patterned curtains, streams from the window on the wall to the right. Views of billowing curtains from various angles are reflected in two mirrors--one hanging and one standing--at the far end of the room, and the glass top of a chest of drawers in the foreground. The result is a proliferation of patterns across the surfaces of the interior, as the flower print of the curtains mingle with the bright red, pink, orange, and yellow articles of clothing, towels, and carpets throughout the room.Physical Description
Photograph of an interior view of a room. On the right side of the image is a wicker dresser with folded clothing and a full length wooden oval mirror standing next to the far wall. The window on the right has a long floral curtain.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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interior spaces (spaces by location)