Cindy Sherman, Untitled #413, 2003, chromogenic color print, 46 x 31 1/8".

New York

Cindy Sherman

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
February 26–June 11, 2012

Curated by Eva Respini

Since the mid-1970s, Cindy Sherman has been continually reinventing and photographing herself––as a paper doll or a movie character, wearing Comme des Garçons or displaying too many nips and tucks. Whatever guise she assumes, whether looking gorgeous or weird, Sherman is always and never herself. At the time she made her “Untitled Film Stills,” 1977–80, she was persona non grata at the Museum of Modern Art’s Photography Department; when MoMA acquired the full set of “Stills” in 1995, they had become canonical postmodern artworks––thanks in large part to the thoughtful attention of feminist critics. Now the museum is mounting a full-scale retrospective of more than 180 photographs from all the major series, accompanied by a catalogue with a conversation between Sherman and John Waters and essays by Respini and critic Johanna Burton.

Travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, July 14–Oct. 7; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Nov. 3, 2012–Feb. 10, 2013; Dallas Museum of Art, Mar. 17–June 9, 2013.