Reinventing the Reel

by articulatenyc

Cindy Sherman. Untitled Film Still #6. 1977. Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 6 1/2″ (24 x 16.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz © 2012 Cindy Sherman

“I think people are more apt to  believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic”, Cindy Sherman said in a 1985 interview with Bomb magazine.  For over 30 years Sherman has posed as her own model, creating fantastic images which comment on our nation’s fixation with beauty, Hollywood glamor and the preservation of youth. She becomes a new character in each photograph (a milkmaid, a Hollywood movie star, a centerfold), revealing the fluid nature of identity and the disconnect (or rather, lack there of) between what we see and what be believe. Sherman’s upcoming retrospective at MoMA will feature 171 photographs by the artist, including the complete collection of her “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80). The images range from highly glamorous to shocking and grotesque, providing an honest critique of the media’s veneration of superficiality and idealized beauty.

Cindy Sherman will run from February 26- June 11, 2012 at MoMA.

Image provided courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York