by Joseph Price
WordTheatre is proud to announce that Cindy Sherman, one of the most important living photographers, has added her name to the inviting committee for the 2015 Pushcart Prize Benefit being held at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, July 18th. Her work’s iconic style, which consists of self-portraits mimicking various other photographic styles (ranging from clowning to Italian Neo-Realist Cinema), has consistently captured the attention of the contemporary art world.
Untitled Film Stills, 1977-1980 established her own oeuvre and pioneered the “appropriation” genre of art. Over three years, she took 69 different black-and-white photos of herself in a style that mimicked contemporary cinema. Each photograph was an examination of facial expression, gesture, make-up, and dress in order to examine media representations of women. Sherman paradoxically both remains recognizable and sinks into the role of the portrayed character, turning Sherman into a movie star that never was and giving each of the stills the distinct feeling that it could have been captured from a feature-length film.
Since then, Cindy has continuously produced culturally significant work. In her series of “Society Portraits” from 2008, she portrayed the lives of high society women. The angular poise of these characters—the tall arches of their eyebrows, the long, strained, elegant curves in their necks—calls us to consider how a woman’s relationship with her physicality evolves as she ages in a society obsessed with composure and feminine grace. Available online at the MoMA website, these images show her continued expansion of the photographic arts in the service of understanding what it means to be a modern woman.
We are so happy that Cindy Sherman has decided to support our 2015 Pushcart Prize Benefit. The Pushcart Prize is a universally respected American literary prize that has honored the best of small press publications for 40 years, and our benefit helps to continue this tradition of excellence. Along with Cindy Sherman, we extend our most cordial invitations for you to attend this once-in-a-lifetime performance of the country’s finest literature read by renowned actors.