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Is She Ours?

1990
Louise Lawler (American, born in 1947)


Dimensions

Photograph 104.1 x 139.7 cm (41 x 55 in.) Text approx 1.5 x 13 inches

Accession Number

1991.599

Medium or Technique

Photograph, silver-dye bleach print (Ilfochrome) and screen-printed lettering

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Who has the right to say which objects are important? Who can view them—or reproduce them? Lawler raises such questions directly in her photograph of the MFA’s Impressionist gallery 255. She even includes her own wall text, an integral part of a museum experience. Instead of providing information, though, her text asks a question—who owns a work of art? Who decides what it means?

Provenance

The artist; to MFA, Boston, 1991

Credit Line

Gift of Louise Lawler made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Copyright

Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures Gallery