Untitled (Laure and Mother)
Darrel Ellis’s works repurpose and distort photographs taken by his father, Thomas Ellis, who was killed by police weeks before his son’s birth. Upon discovering this cache of prints and negatives showcasing everyday Black life in 1950s Harlem and the Bronx, Ellis warped the images and documented them anew, creating a powerful translation of memory, mourning, and unattainable family histories.
Ellis died from AIDS-related illnesses when he was thirty-three, the same age his father was when his life, too, was tragically cut short.
Gelatin silver photograph
image: 13 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (34.3 × 26.7 cm)
sheet: 10 7/8 × 13 15/16 in. (27.6 × 35.4 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Purchased with funds given by the Charina Endowment Fund
© Darrel Ellis
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will assist if we can.
Darrel Ellis (American, 1958-1992). Untitled (Laure and Mother), ca. 1990. Gelatin silver photograph, image: 13 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (34.3 × 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Charina Endowment Fund, 2020.7.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.TL2020.5.2_frame.jpg)
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.