The Museum Of Modern Art Website

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"I am always surprised at all the things people read into my photos, but it also amuses me. That may be because I have nothing specific in mind when I’m working. My intentions are neither feminist nor political. I try to put double or multiple meanings into my photos, which might give rise to a greater variety of interpretations. (Sherman)" In 1977 artist, and feminist, Cindy Sherman created a series of untitled film stills over a five-year span. Each of these stills depicts Sherman playing a different role as a woman in society. Although Sherman did not try to portray a message of feminism in her art, it was inevitable during this time period. When looking at her stills, women now, and in the 80’s saw a message of female empowerment. They saw a beautiful, confident woman making a statement and it made them want to make a statement to. Even though these stills are not on display in a museum, they can be viewed on the Museum of Modern Art website. After examining Sherman’s thirty-fifth film still, it is clear that Sherman’s work depicts a strong message about women of the late 70’s and the early 80’s.
In 1954, Cindy Sherman was born in New Jersey. When she was twenty-three years old she made her first film still of a sixty-nine untitled film still series. Each still made a statement about stereotypes that exist in society. Many of these stills are black and white and focus mainly on facial expressions and provoke emotion (Biography.com Editors 2014). Sherman always wanted to…
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