Cindy Sherman: Imitation of LIfe
“Sherman’s best photographs are simultaneously a window and a mirror…far more complex than merely the mechanical camera.”—Los Angeles Times
Don’t miss this comprehensive, career-spanning survey of influential artist Cindy Sherman—on view at the Wex on its only stop outside of LA, and only here through the end of the year.
Featuring nearly 100 works and exploring the role of cinema in her practice, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life spans everything from the artist’s iconic Untitled Film Stills (1977–80) to her 2016 series in which she takes on the guise of aging Hollywood divas. The exhibition includes Sherman’s comedy/horror film Office Killer (1997), and is enhanced by a free, celebrity-studded audio guide (featuring the voices of Molly Ringwald and John Waters, among others).
The exhibition reveals the near-endless variety of personae the artist has conjured throughout her career—all originating from her radically transformed self-image, and all enhanced by her deft use of makeup, costumes, lighting, and scenery. Occupying both sides of the camera, Sherman continues to raise crucial questions about female archetypes, the pervasive influence of mass media in constructing identity, and the very nature of artistic creation. Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life concludes a year in which every artist featured in our galleries is a woman.
This exhibition was organized by The Broad, Los Angeles.
Generous support for the Wexner Center’s presentation of Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life is provided by Cardinal Health Foundation, the Crane Family Foundation, Agnes Gund, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Orange Barrel Media.
Additional support provided by Dana and Brent Adler, Sam and Gigi Fried, DeeDee and Herb Glimcher, Matrix Psychological Services/Visualopathy, Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky, and Arlene and Michael Weiss.
Free for members, college students (with valid ID), those under 18
$8 general public
$6 senior citizens (65 and older)
$6 Ohio State faculty and staff (with BUCK ID)
All visitors are admitted to the exhibitions for free on Thursdays after 4 PM and on the first Sunday of each month; admission is also free with a ticket to any same-day Wexner Center event. The exhibitions are closed on Mondays.
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GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR CINDY SHERMAN: IMITATION OF LIFE
Cardinal Health Foundation
Crane Family Foundation
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Orange Barrel Media
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CINDY SHERMAN: IMITATION OF LIFE
Dana and Brent Adler
Sam and Gigi Fried
DeeDee and Herb Glimcher
Matrix Psychological Services/Visualopathy
Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky
Arlene and Michael Weiss
SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS
Cardinal Health Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation