Cindy Sherman at the DMA

Before an era of “selfies” and mirror pics, Cindy Sherman was shocking the world with her photography.  A singularity amongst photographers, Cindy concepted, shot, and starred in her images .  It’s exceedingly lucky for North Texans that Dallas’ Museum of Art is slated to present the milestone Cindy Sherman retrospective 

 

 

Before an era of “selfies” and mirror pics, Cindy Sherman was shocking the world with her photography.  A singularity amongst photographers, Cindy concepted, shot, and starred in her images .  It’s exceedingly lucky for North Texans that Dallas’ Museum of Art is slated to present the milestone Cindy Sherman retrospective —New York’s Museum of Modern Art culled over 160 culturally critical images for this touring exhibition, which traces the enterprising artist’s career from its 1970s nascency through the decades’ chameleon transformations; with themes as far reaching as the fantasy of fairy tales and fables, the illicit eroticism of her “sex photographs”, hobnobbing with high society, haute fashion, and a unique set of creeping clowns, the selection of series showcased is representative of the idiosyncrasies that make Ms. Sherman so dynamic.

 

Inimitable in her brilliance and breadth, Cindy Sherman is one of the most important photographers of the last 50 years —she is a one woman wonder-machine, acting as model, hair and makeup, wardrobe and prop stylist, while concomitantly creating, crafting, and shooting the fruit of her inspiration.  While continually challenging notions of the role of artist, Ms. Sherman also plays with the process of representation —her work poses a philosophical problem regarding our traditional ideas of identity.  

 

The DMA exhibition opened March 17th, and stays up through June 9th.  It features an entirely unique mural, created by the artist in 2011/2012, never before seen in the US. As if that wasn’t a good enough reason to check it out, here’s the deal maker: an illustrated publication —which includes an interview with Cindy by the eternally evocative (and surely subversive) filmmaker John Waters —acts as accompaniment to the exhibition.  Be sure to catch this culturally huge exhibition: it’s considered one of the best exhibitions of last year, and we’re lucky enough to have it in Dallas!

 

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