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Francesca Woodman, "Untitled," Providence, Rhode Island, 1976: STAFF PICKS

L to R: Francesca Woodman. “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1976. 5 1/4 x 5 3/16 in. Gelatin silver print. © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Claude Cahun. “Self-Portrait (in a cupboard),” 1932. Gelatin silver print. © Estate of Claude Cahun / Kirsten Justesen. “Portræt i arkiv med samling (Portrait in cabinet with collection),” 2013. 58 1/4 x 39 1/2 x 1 in. Chromogenic print mounted on Dibond with matte acrylic. © Kirsten Justesen.

Hi, Celia Lê here! I am the Woodman Family Foundation’s Research Intern and my main responsibility is exhibition and provenance research for Francesca Woodman. Personally, I love how Francesca often investigates the relationship between the body and space, from the various textures created by the wall to the extension of her legs outside of the cupboard in this work. For me, it’s Francesca’s response to a long-standing tradition of an artistic investigation about place, womanhood, and domesticity: from Claude Cahun’s "Self-Portrait (in a cupboard)" (1932) to Kirsten Justesen’s "Portrait in cabinet with collection" (2013).

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