Cindy Sherman: Working Girl

Sep 16, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled (Secretary), 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures Gallery.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1976/2005, edition 1/20, black-and-white photograph, image: 7 3/16 x 5 inches, paper: 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York

Cindy Sherman, Untitled (Secretary), 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures Gallery.Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1976/2005, edition 1/20, black-and-white photograph, image: 7 3/16 x 5 inches, paper: 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York

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Cindy Sherman: Working Girl launches the Contemporary’s Decade Series. In this series, a contemporary artist who has made a significant contribution to the dialogue of contemporary art is invited to develop an exhibition devoted to a moment in their career that has had a particular resonance. This solo exhibition of Cindy Sherman features a little-known selection of small-scaled works by this leading contemporary artist. Culled primarily from the artist’s family members and her own collection, this exhibition comprises early black-and-white, hand colored, and sepia-toned photographs created by Sherman as a young, emerging artist.

Cindy Sherman: Working Girl includes rarely seen works from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s, including work created while Sherman was an art student at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York (1972-76). These early works from 1975-1978 demonstrate Sherman’s conceptual approach to photography and foretell the career that would launch her into the art world in the late 1970s. On view, a grid of twenty-three hand colored headshots, Untitled, 1975, depict the transformation of Sherman’s appearance achieved through layers of heavy make-up that results in the progressive transformation from a boyish look to glamour girl. These student works express Sherman’s interest in exploring her own identity and how she could radically alter her appearance through the simple use of make-up. In another set of thirteen serial headshots, Untitled, 1975, Sherman morphed her appearance by contorting her face into exaggerated expressions, pinned back her hair, and applied subtle make-up. The result is a visual account of Sherman maturing before our eyes from a little girl to an adult. 

 

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Allegiant Funds, Allegiant Asset Management Company, and National City Private Client Group are the Lead Sponsors of the Cindy Sherman: Working Girl exhibition and catalog.

Additional funding has been generously provided by Sara Lee Corporation, the Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Arts & Education Council, and Friends and Members of the Contemporary, with in-kind support from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.