Montreal Photography Exhibitions & Events: Cindy Sherman at the MMFA

February 15, 2020

Here is the first in our series of posts outlining photography events and exhibitions here in Montreal. First up on Montreal Photography Exhibitions & Events: Cindy Sherman at the MMFA.

This exhibit is called About Face: Photography by Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and Rachel Harrison from the Collection of Carol and David Appel. It is on until March 29, 2020 and is in the basement (S2) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

This small exhibit focuses on three women photographers, but I find the work of Cindy Sherman the most fascinating. Cindy Sherman’s work is… herself! She uses costumes, makeup, wigs and props to take on different personas. It’s hard to imagine it’s even her. You can read more about her here.

I was staring at the photos and it’s really just so amazing how she utterly transforms herself.

What really hit home was when I read the introduction on the wall before I went in. You can see it below in the middle paragraph.

Laying bare the artifice at work in so much imagery of the female body – whether in popular culture or in the art historical canon – the photographs prompt viewers to consider that identity is merely a construction, a combination of codes and signifiers that we subconsciously rely on to create meaning.

-from the About Faces exhibit at the MMFA

This made me think about social media. About how people either construct new personalities to appear as someone else OR about how people read into the codes and signifiers and come up with their own interpretation of someones life. Cindy Sherman shows how effectively personas can be created. And she was doing it back in the 70’s!

Take a look at the Montreal Photography Exhibitions & Events: Cindy Sherman at the MMFA and let us know what you think!

I strongly suggest you get some friends together and get a VIP membership. It pays off after only a couple visits, you get to skip the lines, and you don’t feel so bad if you just pop in and see a smaller exhibit like this without feeling like you have to visit the entire museum.

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