Reviewers have called her "photography's angel provocateur," "the strongest and finest American artist of her time," and "a poster child for a coterie of postmodernism's theory-driven critics." They're talking about Cindy Sherman, most recently in reference to her blockbuster retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art earlier this year. Since the 1970s, Sherman's been using herself — disguised beneath layers of makeup, costume, wigs, and the like — to create a vast repertoire of personas that reflect, dissemble, and transgress notions of what constitutes female identity. The results are frightening, hilarious, and oh-so-true. The show includes the complete "Untitled Film Stills," the complete set of 12 centerfolds (originally commissioned for Artforum), and selections from "Fairy Tales," history portraits, head shots, clowns, and the socialites series. Fashionistas take note: Also on exhibit is couture clothing — Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake, Chanel, Balenciaga — that Sherman has incorporated into her characters. The Walker's After Hours Alter Ego party is from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, November 9, and costs $30. There will also be an opening-day panel talk for $10 at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10.
Nov. 9-Feb. 17, 2012