Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Luisa Lambri

Untitled (Barragan House, #08A), 2005

Laserchrome print

Framed: 34 1/4 x 38 1/2 x 2 in. (87 x 97.8 x 5.1 cm)

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Restricted gift of Verge: The Emerging Artists Advisory Group of the MCA and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund.

Luisa Lambri has consistently photographed modernist architectural landmarks and their distinct geometric forms from an uncommon perspective: the inside. In these two photographs taken inside a house built by noted Mexican architect Luis Barragan (1902–1988), Lambri is intrigued by questions of how we are drawn to these unpopulated, unfurnished spaces and how we interpret them as suggesting ideal, pure forms. Probing the ethereal, abstract qualities of rooms filled with light, the images also frame moments that hint at something taking place just beyond the room’s limits.