Amadeo Sandoval's Kitchen and Bedroom, Río Lucío, New Mexico

Object Details

Title:

Amadeo Sandoval's Kitchen and Bedroom, Río Lucío, New Mexico

Artist/Maker(s):

Alex Harris (American, born 1949)

Culture:

American

Date:

negative June 1985; print 1994

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

44.6 x 56.8 cm (17 9/16 x 22 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Alex Harris

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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Amadeo's inscription above the doorway . . . summed up the spirit of the house: "I Love My God, I Love the Red White and Blue and You. Red White Blue and God Bless You."
--Alex Harris

In photographing the interior of Amadeo Sandoval's modest kitchen and bedroom, Alex Harris provided an intimate glimpse into the life of his adopted community in northern New Mexico. Both sensual and sorrowful, this image conveys the innate dignity Harris found not only in the home of Amadeo Sandoval but among all the residents of the region.

Harris memorialized the vivid color schemes of his neighbors' homes and the high desert landscapes of northern New Mexico in his series Red White Blue and God Bless You, published in 1992, and named after an inscription on the wall of Amadeo's kitchen.

Exhibitions
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition (October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007) (38)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007
Education Resources

Education Resource

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Grades

Format

Language through Art (Beginning)

Lesson in which students study artwork related to an interior space, describing a room and objects in it.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson