Collection Artwork
A black and white photograph of a nude, larger bodied woman reclining on a leather chair and ottoman in front of an open window with a curtain, as light fills the room. A fan is on a small table across from her.
Laura Aguilar (San Gabriel, California, 1959 – 2018, Long Beach, California)
In Sandy's Room (Self Portrait)
black-and-white photograph
frame size: 51 3/8 x 61 3/8 in.
mat window size: 39 x 49 in.
Gift of Peter Norton

Object Label

In Sandy’s Room is one of Aguilar’s many nude photographs that critiques the oppression that Latinas, queer, fat, disabled, and working-class peoples face. Here Aguilar captures her own nude body relaxing in an Eastside Los Angeles home, connected through an open window to the trees outside. This is a nude that naturalizes women’s bodies and their comfort, pushing back against the stilted, objectified poses that still typify many female nudes today. As self-portraiture, it represents many intersecting communities and invites connection, compassion, and reflection.
—Gwen D’Arcangelis, Associate Professor, Gender Studies

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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