Lauren Semivan, “Untitled,” from “A Map Both Distant and Concrete.”

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts will show “Decoding the Domestic” from June 16 to Aug. 5, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. June 16 and a gallery talk from 5 to 8 p.m. July 14.

“The photographic work in this exhibition focuses on how an artist’s surroundings can affect and inspire the work,” says MMPA director Denise Froehlich. “The images leap ahead, embracing the avant-garde, while nodding backwards at the art historical themes of still life, interiors, landscape and studio work. It makes us question, “Is anything really new in the human experience?” As always, there will be framed photographs and prints in the exhibit. The works are beautiful, explore contemporary theory, new technologies, media and they shouldn’t be missed.”

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is at 15 Middle St., A3, Portland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and by appointment on Wednesdays. See for more information.