Christina and Gram on Thanksgiving, New Hampshire

  • Virginia Beahan, Christina and Gram on Thanksgiving, New Hampshire, 2004, chromogenic print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Virginia Beahan, Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan, 2010.6.1

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

Christina and Gram on Thanksgiving, New Hampshire
On View
Not on view.
18 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (46.6 x 59.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan

Mediums Description
chromogenic print
  • Object – furniture – couch
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – living room
  • Figure group – female
  • Ceremony – holiday – Thanksgiving
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