Catherine Opie’s series Domestic grew from her questioning her sense of community and how it was inflected by her lesbian identity. In the mid-1990s, she traveled across the country to photograph lesbian families in a series of sensitively and beautifully rendered group portraits. In this photograph, open doors and windows signify freedom and directness, matching coffee cups signal the close family structure, and an open chair in the foreground invites the viewer to enter the scene. This scene of cozy domesticity is an affirmation of her subjects’ status as a family unit and a celebration of the warmth and informality of their shared lives.


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Artist
Catherine Opie, American, born 1961
Title
Flipper, Tanya, Chloe, & Harriet, San Francisco, California
Date
1995
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 40 × 50 in. (101.6 × 127 cm) Frame: 41 1/8 × 51 1/8 × 2 in. (104.5 × 129.9 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Michael Zilkha

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2019.1
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Regen Projects, Los Angeles]; [consigned to Inman Gallery, Houston]; purchased by MFAH, 2019.