Lavanderia #5

Christina Fernandez, American, born 1964



Archival pigment print mounted on black Dibond

Overall: 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the William S. Rubin Fund. Selected by participants in the seminar "Museum Collecting 101": Jesse Brownell, Class of 2023; Abigail (Abby) Burrows, Class of 2023; Sarita Hudgins, Class of 2003; Sarah M. Jewett, Class of 2023; Chloe Jung, Class of 2023; Arabella McGowan, Class of 2023; Alejandro Morales, Class of 24; Feray Ok, Class of 2023; Jessica Peña, Class of 2021; Sofia Ratkevich, Class of 2023; Nathan Savo, Class of 2024; Abigail (Abby) Smith, Class of 2023; Naomi Valdez, Class of 2023; Allison Wachen, Class of 2022; Pierce D. Wilson, Class of 2023



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

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Working in the tradition of artists chronicling urban isolation and alienation, Fernandez depicts two people sitting in the fluorescent glare of a laundromat. They are doing basic domestic labor in a public space, due to their economic status. Taken from outside of the business, the photograph turns the viewer into a rather distant observer, but the perspective sheds some light on the laundromat’s clientele through the Spanish text on the windows. This photograph was selected for the collection by students participating in the museum’s 2021 Museum Collecting 101 seminar.

From the 2024 exhibition An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Course History

Art History 48.02, Histories of Photography, Katie Hornstein, Spring 2024

African and African American Studies 63.01, Sociology 71.01, Race Matters: Race Made to Matter, Trica Keaton, Spring 2024

Music 18.03, African and African American Studies 39.07, Verzuz: A History of Black Popular Music, Allie Martin, Spring 2024

Exhibition History

An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20-July 21, 2024.


Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California; sold to present collection, 2021.

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