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Title
My Father’s Nudes
Artist
Dorit Cypis
Date
1989
Dimensions
installed 78 × 114 × 36 inches
Materials
framed chromogenic prints, 19th-century wood table, oriental-style carpet
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1993.2.1-.23
Physical Description
photographic installation
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1993

object label Dorit Cypis, My Father’s Nudes (1989) Walker Art Center, 1998

Besides considering the differences between our public and private encounters with female nudity, this installation refers to Cypis’ continuing dialogue with her father on the nature of her work. Cypis asked the following question regarding her father’s snapshots of 18th- and 19th-century nudes at the Louvre: “Was he weighing history on his side to restate his power over me, or was he acknowledging my struggle?”

Label text for Dorit Cypis, My Father’s Nudes (1989), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center