Is She Ours?
Louise Lawler (American, born in 1947)
Photograph 104.1 x 139.7 cm (41 x 55 in.) Text approx 1.5 x 13 inches
Medium or Technique
Photograph, silver-dye bleach print (Ilfochrome) and screen-printed lettering
Not On View
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?
The artist; to MFA, Boston, 1991
Gift of Louise Lawler made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures Gallery