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Cindy Sherman at MoMA / New York

The Museum of Modern Art opens its long-awaited Cindy Sherman retrospective on February 26.

Featuring 170 photographsthis retrospective survey traces the artist’s career from the mid- ‘70s to the present. Some key series highlighted in the exhibition are “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80), the black-and-white pictures that feature the artist in female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films; her history portraits (1989–90), where Sherman poses as aristocrats, clergymen, and milkmaids; and her society portraits (2008) that address the experience of aging against contemporary obsessions with youth and status. Also included are Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), which will be shown for the first time in America. “When I began, in the mid-1970s, I was just fooling around…I had no idea I would really become an artist. I never would have thought I’d be doing this for 35 years. It happened organically—one series turned into another,” Sherman remembers. In conjunction with the exhibition Sherman has selected films from MoMA’s collection, which will be screened in MoMA’s theaters during the course of the show.

Cindy Sherman” is at MoMA in New York from February 26th until June 11th before travelling to the San Francisco Museum of Art in July, the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis in November and the Dallas Museum of Art in March 2013.