The Museum of Modern Art will unveil a retrospective exhibition on influential artist Cindy Sherman.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential artists in the contemporary art world, Sherman has presented a sustained, eloquent and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity drawn from the unlimited supply of images from movies, TV, magazines, the Internet, and art history. Working as her own model for more than 30 years, she has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting.
To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist and wardrobe mistress and has hitherto deftly altered her physique and surroundings to create a myriad of intriguing tableaus and characters from siren to clown to aging socialite.
Bringing together more than 170 photographs, this retrospective traces the artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. Highlighted in the exhibition are in-depth presentations of her key series including the ground-breaking series “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80), the black and white pictures that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by several genres of films from European art-house to film noir.
The exhibition will explore dominant themes throughout Sherman’s career, including artifice and fiction; cinema and performance; horror and the grotesque. Also included are Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), which will have their American premiere at MoMA.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Sherman has selected films from MoMA’s collection, which will be screened by MoMA’s theatres during the course of the exhibition. A major publication will accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition will run from February 26 to June 11.