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Cindy Sherman: Retrospective Installation View 01

Installation view of Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, November 2, 1997 – February 1, 1998 at MOCA Grand Ave, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

Cindy Sherman: Retrospective

Cindy Sherman: Retrospective is the first major American museum exhibition to survey the complete works of Cindy Sherman, the acclaimed American artist whose groundbreaking use of mass media techniques and imagery embodies crucial developments in photography and art making that have emerged over the past two decades. Totaling 156 works, the exhibition presents in-depth selections from each of the artist's major series from the mid-1970s through the present, including the Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), Rear Screen Projections (1980–81), Centerfolds (1981), Pink Robes (1982), Fashion (1983–84), Fairy Tales (1985), Disasters (1986–89), History Portraits (1989–90), Sex Pictures (1992), and the Horror and Surrealist Pictures (1994–96). Organized jointly by MOCA Curator Elizabeth A.T. Smith and Amada Cruz, Manilow Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the exhibition positions Sherman’s work within the photographic tradition and in relation to feminist art history, while also considering its broader significance to contemporary art and expressions of horror, humor, and the grotesque within art historical traditions.​