Cindy Sherman Survey Marks Broad Museum’s First Temporary Exhibition

The art world's queen of disguise takes center stage on the West Coast.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #112 (1982) Photo: Courtesy of the Broad
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #112 (1982)
Photo: Courtesy of the Broad

Heads up, West Coast: Cindy Sherman is headed your way with a big show.

This summer, the Broad Museum will host the art world’s beloved queen of disguise in a major survey. It will be the museum’s first temporary exhibition, as well as the first time the institution will charge admission ($12 for adults) since its opening last September.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the show, titled “Cindy Sherman: Imitations of Life,” will pull from the museum’s massive permanent collection of over 125 Sherman works. As an early collector of Sherman’s photography, the museum’s founder Eli Broad has amassed over 40 years worth of the artist’s oeuvre. Less than 10 percent of the work featured in the survey will be on loan.

“They immediately picked up her work before it was widely known,” director and chief curator Joanna Heyler noted. “And she’s almost the only artist in the collection whose work we acquire every time she creates something new.”

Cindy Sherman,<em> Untitled</em> (1982)<br> Photo: Courtesy of artnet.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled (1982)
Photo: Courtesy of artnet.

The survey will be curated by Philipp Kaiser, whose former positions include senior curator at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) and director at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany.

Sherman was at the center of a previous retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2012, which coalesced more than 170 of her photographs, tracking her artistic trajectory from the mid-1970’s to the year of its opening.

“Cindy Sherman: Imitations of Life” will be on display at the Broad Museum from June 11 through October 2. 


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