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KNOWING LOOKS: CINDY SHERMAN’S SIXTY-NINE '70s

In December 1995, New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired the only complete set of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills.” Realized between 1977 and 1980, this generation-defining series will go before the public this June in a special exhibition on view through September 2. As the sixty-nine photographs take their place on the museum’s walls, Herbert Muschamp looks again at these icons and their era. The series is reproduced here in its entirety.

IF TROY DONAHUE CAN BE a movie star, then I can be a movie star.

In the ’70s, I had a hairdresser named “Atom!” who used to go see A Chorus Line about once a week. One performance was enough for me, but Michael Bennett’s musical was unquestionably a major emblem of its time.

In the course of the play, you meet a group of Broadway hopefuls. They are presented as individuals, or at least as personalized stereotypes: the nelly faggot, the fallen star,

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