Museum of Modern Art

by Katherine Yaksich

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The above photos were taken from tarynsimon.com.

Another great exhibit at the MoMA right now is Taryn Simon: A living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII on the third floor until September 3rd. Below is some info about the exhibit from the MoMA website and you can visit the website for more info. Taryn Simon also did Contraband and The Innocents.

This exhibition is the U.S. premiere of Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII. The work was produced over a four-year period (2008–11), during which the artist travelled around the world researching and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the 18 “chapters” that make up the work, external forces of territory, power, circumstance, or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. The subjects Simon documents include victims of genocide in Bosnia, test rabbits infected with a lethal disease in Australia, the first woman to hijack an aircraft, and the living dead in India. Her collection is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Simon’s project is divided into 18 chapters, nine of which will be presented at MoMA. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); a second featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel). A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII exploits photography’s capacity to at once probe complex narratives in contemporary politics and organize this material according to classification processes characteristic of the archive, a system that connects identity, lineage, history, and memory.

by Katherine Yaksich

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All photos by Cindy Sherman

I highly recommend visiting the Cindy Sherman exhibit on the 6th floor at the MoMA (scheduled to be up until June 11th). I was blown away by her extensive collection of work, and now understand why one of her photos sold for 3.8 million dollars last year. As of today, she has photographed the second most expensive photograph in the world (untitled 96). One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit was her 1975 stop motion, Doll Clothes, shot on 16 mm. Visit the MoMA website for more info and here for the interactive exhibit. Below is an excerpt from the MoMA website about Cindy Sherman.

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Throughout her career, she has presented a sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation, drawn from the unlimited supply of images from movies, TV, magazines, the Internet, and art history. Working as her own model for more than 30 years, Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress. With an arsenal of wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and props, Sherman has deftly altered her physique and surroundings to create a myriad of intriguing tableaus and characters, from screen siren to clown to aging socialite.