Jan 24, 2008

Woman and Daughters, Beverly Hills

Woman and Daughters, Beverly Hills


Judy Dater

(American, 1941-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 46.2 x 36.9 cm (18 3/16 x 14 1/2 in.); Paper: 50.5 x 40.4 cm (19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.416



In the mid-1960s, Judy Dater began to photograph collaborative performances that she and her subjects staged for the camera. She would come to her subjects' houses and choose appropriate costumes from their closets. The women would then be depicted in the domestic environments they had created, surrounded by props that interpreted their characters. While the domestic setting is subdued in this example, the coiffed hair, made-up face, fur-sleeved dress, and glamorously displayed hands of the middle-aged woman reflect the social and economic privileges associated with Beverly Hills.

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