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Huxtables, Mom and Me

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Photography

My mother had the idea to shoot a portrait of me wearing this T-shirt printed with a Huxtable family portrait. As a child I watched The Cosby Show in order to escape the reality of my dismantled working-class family. My mother set up the camera in the bedroom doorway, facing a mirror reflecting part of her image. Both the mirror and the T-shirt are scratched, dusty, and fading in the light. In the text that I perform live, for this particular photograph I wrote, “Between my background and my foreground, I am not sure where I stand.”

—LaToya Ruby Frazier

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MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES 2009
DIMENSIONS sheet: 15 x 19 1/4 in. (38.1 x 48.9 cm) frame: 24 5/8 x 28 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (62.5 x 72.7 x 3.8 cm) mount: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Photography
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2011.63.3
EDITION Edition: 5/8
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT ©LaToya Ruby Frazier
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CAPTION LaToya Ruby Frazier (American, born 1982). Huxtables, Mom and Me, 2009. Gelatin silver photograph , sheet: 15 x 19 1/4 in. (38.1 x 48.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2011.63.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2011.63.3_artist_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2011.63.3_artist_photograph.jpg. Image courtesy of the artist
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