Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills

Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills 1980 03 18

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This exhibition was an early presentation of Cindy Sherman’s landmark series of black and white photographs, which she began in 1977. In each image, Sherman takes on a different cliché of femininity in popular culture, consistently appearing as a the lone figure in each tableau.Begun in 1977, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills is a seminal set of 70 black-and-white photographs that were made over the course of three years, throughout which Sherman submerged herself in the exploration of different identities of female figures, whom were all portrayed and enacted by the artist herself. Resembling scenes from film noir and films produced in 1950s and 60s Hollywood, these photographs consider the stereotypical idea of women that Sherman intended to challenge through rendering each work with a very present sense of ambiguity. Without recreating recognizable scenes, Sherman instead focused on and captured the in-between moment of changing actions and facial expressions, offering an opportunity for multiple interpretations of her characters.

The Kitchen Center is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Community Trust, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Foundation, by a grant from the Institute of Museum Services, a Federal agency in the department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Contemporary Music Series is partially funded by the Jerome Foundation, The Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, and the Mobil foundation. We gratefully acknowledge our other private foundations and individuals.

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