Christina and Gram on Thanksgiving, New Hampshire

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Exhibition Label
When her eighty-nine-year-old mother was stricken with dementia and no longer able to care for herself, Virginia Beahan and her husband moved her into their home. A landscape photographer accustomed to traveling extensively, Beahan at first found her prospects constrained by these circumstances, but she quickly discovered a new subject for her lens. Beahan documented the last years of her mother’s life with compassion as well as a clear-eyed accounting of the difficulties that came with the reversal of their roles.
Close to Home: Photographers and their Families, 2011
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Graphic Arts
2004
Object number
2010.6.1
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan
Artist
Virginia Beahan, born Philadelphia, PA 1946
Topic
Figure group\female
Ceremony\holiday\Thanksgiving
Object\furniture\couch
Architecture Interior\domestic\living room
Medium
chromogenic print
Dimensions
18 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (46.6 x 59.2 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
© Virginia Beahan
Type
Photography-Photoprint