MoMA, New York, United States
From: 26 February 2012
Until: 11 June 2012
Monday - Sunday: 10.30am until 5.30pm
Fridays: until 8pm
We love this MoMA video below showing how the museum erected an 18 feet tall Cindy Sherman mural for her retrospective which opens on Monday. Visitors to the show will encounter the monumental mural - which sticks directly to the surface of the wall, and wraps around several other walls and corners to transform space and create an immersive environment - as they enter the sixth floor galleries. Those who’ve had a sneak preview (and now you can too) say the effect is jaw-dropping.
As in all her work, Sherman is both model and photographer, but in the mural, instead of using makeup or prosthetics to alter her appearance, she transformed her face via digital means, exaggerating her features using Photoshop, elongating her nose, narrowing her eyes, or creating smaller lips.
Bringing together more than 170 photographs, the MoMA 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 groundbreaking series Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), the black-and-white pictures that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films; her ornate history portraits (1989–90), in which the artist poses as aristocrats, clergymen, and milkmaids in the manner of old master paintings; and her larger-than-life society portraits (2008) that address the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status. Also included are Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), which will have their American premiere at MoMA. Buy tickets for Cindy Sherman at MoMA.