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Helen M. Stummer


This selection of works focuses on family, domestic space, and the urban landscape. It brings together photographs from various traditions—including Conceptualism, still life, and social documentary—as well as a piece by a male quilter. Although they represent several generations of artists, often with differing creative practices and intents, these works each tell a story—sometimes obvious, sometimes implicit. Frequently they picture the home, especially the bedroom, encouraging us to contemplate the personal and private moments that make up a life. Shown together, these works ask us to think critically about the role played by the artist, particularly the photographer, in the creation and shaping of a narrative.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver print
DATES 1988; Printed 1990
DIMENSIONS sheet: 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. image: 8 1/2 x 13 in.  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right verso: "Helen M. Stummer"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Helen M. Stummer (American, born 1936). Flipping, 1988; Printed 1990. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 1991.18.4. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1991.18.4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.1991.18.4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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