Celedonio Gallegos's House, Llano de San Juan, New Mexico

Object Details

Title:

Celedonio Gallegos's House, Llano de San Juan, New Mexico

Artist/Maker:

Alex Harris (American, born 1949)

Culture:

American

Places:

United States (Place created)
Llano de San Juan, New Mexico, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

negative June 1985; print 1994

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

47 x 58.6 cm (18 1/2 x 23 1/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Alex Harris

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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In presenting Caledonio Gallego's vibrantly decorated bedroom, Alex Harris revealed an individual's daily life as well as his human presence. After several months of living and working in a small Hispanic village in northern New Mexico, Harris realized that the photographs he made of his neighbors' vividly decorated living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens were as descriptive of their inhabitants as any conventional portrait. As a result, he began to focus less on the human subject in his photographs and more on the way a lived-in space betrays a specific presence.

Provenance
- 1998

Nancy and Bruce Berman Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

Education Resources

Education Resource

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Format

"Reading" Objects and Their Owners

In this lesson students examine the connection between a person's home and his or her personality.

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

Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson