Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills
  • Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills
  • 03-Apr-1999 - 23-May-1999
  • Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The series of sixty-nine black-and-white photographs, created from 1977 to 1980, is widely regarded as one of the most original and influential achievements in the art of the past two decades. In 1977 Sherman began the "Untitled Film Stills." This expansive survey of feminine roles, loosely based on film imagery from the 1940s through the 1960s. In each photograph, Sherman appears in a different guise: the ingenue, the sex kitten, the hardened film-noir heroine, the hot-blooded woman of the people, the ice-cold sophisticate, and many others. Together, the pictues deftly encapsulate a fictional culture of femininity, whose artificiality is made even more salient by the viewer's knowledge that Sherman herself plays every role.

Complementing this exhibition will be a selection of large color photographs by Sherman from the 1980s and 90s lent by the Eli Broad Family Foundation in Santa Monica, Claifornia.