Past Exhibitions

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life

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“Some of her images have become just about as iconic as the Hollywood ones she once riffed on, forming a new view of femininity in a postmodern age.”
New York Times

Collecting over 100 works from four decades, this comprehensive, career-spanning  survey of acclaimed artist Cindy Sherman makes its only stop outside of LA at the Wex. You’ll see everything from her influential Untitled Film Stills (1977–80)—in which Sherman employs makeup, costumes, lighting, and scenery to present herself as generic art-house and B-movie stars—through her most recent 2016 series, in which she takes on the guise of aging divas from the era of silent film and the golden age of Hollywood. The exhibition is enhanced by a free, celebrity-studded audio guide (featuring the voices of Molly Ringwald and John Waters, among others) and includes Sherman’s feature film Office Killer (1997), starring Ringwald, Carol Kane, and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life reveals the endless variety of personae the artist has conjured throughout her career—all originating from her radically transformed self-image, and ranging from the affluent to the abject, the horrifying to the humorous. Occupying both sides of the camera, Sherman continues to raise crucial questions about the pervasive influence of mass media in constructing identity—and particularly the representation of women—and about the very nature of artistic creation. The exhibition concludes a year in which every artist featured in our galleries is a woman.

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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 FoundationAgnes 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.

Color portrait of Cindy Sherman with hands on the floor, looking up and to the left

Cindy ShermanUntitled #92, 1981. Chromogenic color print. 24 x 48 in. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Color portrait of Cindy Sherman holding a drink against a rear screen projection

Cindy ShermanUntitled #70, 1980. Chromogenic color print, 20 x 24 in. The Broad Art Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Color portrait of Cindy Sherman singing with arms outstretched

Cindy ShermanUntitled #119, 1983. Chromogenic color print. 17 1/2 x 36 in. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Color portrait of Cindy Sherman wearing blue gloves and a teal dress

Cindy ShermanUntitled #574, 2016; dye sublimation metal print, 46 x 39 in.; The Broad Art Foundation; image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Color portrait of Cindy Sherman dressed to look like a historical painting

Cindy ShermanUntitled #193, 1989. Chromogenic color print. 48 7/8 x 41 15/16 in.  The Broad Art Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Black and white portrait of Cindy Sherman reminiscent of a classic Hollywood film

Cindy ShermanUntitled Film Still #58, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in. The Broad Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

About the Artist(s)

Cindy Sherman
Born January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, NJ

GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR CINDY SHERMAN: IMITATION OF LIFE

Cardinal Health Foundation

Crane Family Foundation

Agnes Gund

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Orange Barrel Media

 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CINDY SHERMAN: IMITATION OF LIFE

Dana and Brent Adler

Sam and Gigi Fried

DeeDee Herb Glimcher

Matrix Psychological Services/Visualopathy

Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky

Arlene and Michael Weiss

 

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Past Exhibitions

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life