Terror and mockery come together in the portraits of Cindy Sherman on display at the Crocker Art Museum. Walking into the large, dimly lit ballroom, one may begin to feel a slight sense of trepidation as the viewer looks around to find nine sets of beady eyes watching one’s every move. Sherman produced her History Portraits during the late eighties and early nineties, nine of which are displayed at the museum. In her portraits she uses lush fabrics, lavish jewelry, and false body parts to decorate herself in these self-portraits. Her portraits have been know to cause discomfort in the viewers who find the general stereotypes, depicted in her portraits, amusing, yet confusing and terrorizing.
Sherman’s Untitled #225 (Blond Woman) triggers those exact emotions.
The portrait is a large colored photograph created in 1990. An eighteenth century
blond, Madonna-like, young lady sits poised with one hand on her exposed artificial breast as if she is nursing a baby. She is well dressed in a blue satin dress, small white beads laced through her braided hair, and a tiara atop her head. Her icy, blue eyes stare off to the left with a harsh, cold expression. With her breast aimed high, spewing fluids, in the same direction as she stares, it is difficult to imagine what is going through her head, however it is clear that it is something of an almost vindictive and unforgiving nature. Possibly, she points her breast toward a man who betrayed her or harass...
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- No other artist has ever made as extended or complex career of presenting herself to the camera as has Cindy Sherman. Yet, while all of her photographs are taken of Cindy Sherman, it is impossible to class call her works self-portraits. She has transformed and staged herself into as unnamed actresses in undefined B movies, make-believe television characters, pretend porn stars, undifferentiated young women in ambivalent emotional states, fashion mannequins, monsters form fairly tales and those which she has created, bodies with deformities, and numbers of grotesqueries.... [tags: Photography Photographer]
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- Cindy Sherman Terror and mockery come together in the portraits of Cindy Sherman on display at the Crocker Art Museum. Walking into the large, dimly lit ballroom, one may begin to feel a slight sense of trepidation as the viewer looks around to find nine sets of beady eyes watching one’s every move. Sherman produced her History Portraits during the late eighties and early nineties, nine of which are displayed at the museum. In her portraits she uses lush fabrics, lavish jewelry, and false body parts to decorate herself in these self-portraits.... [tags: Essays Papers]
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- Artist: Cindy Sherman Born: 1954 Glen Ridge, NJ and raised in suburban Long Island School: Earned a BA Degree in 1976, Buffalo State University of N.Y., where she initially studied painting. She failed the requisite introductory photography course because of her difficulties with the technological aspects of making a print. She credits her next photography teacher with introducing her to conceptual art, which she says had a liberating effect on her. Graduated in 1977 and moved to N.Y.... [tags: essays research papers]
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- In the late 1960 to 1980s when the woman artists’ work hardly could be published, unlike the men, the feminists artists were rejected by the museums, galleries and many women. The issue was that nobody could see how woman had so much valued art works to show. Only the male artists were allow to be published as artists, while the women suffered of discrimination. What the women wanted was that the world treat them as equals to men. The woman wanted something different than the men. This world has focused on only the male artists and their work.... [tags: Cindy Sherman 2014]
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- In Superman and Me, Sherman Alexie talked about his life as a child being. The author just a bit talked about the part where he became an adult at the end. He then demonstrated that being a Native American living on the Spokane Indian Reservation can be very challenging. He successfully persuades readers, personally myself, by mentioning some strong evidences, amongst others, his ability to read as a child, his joy of reading, and the ability to see things differently that he acquired through reading ,and finally by speaking about how oppressed and discriminated can a smart Indian who sees things differently be to Indians and non-Indians at school.... [tags: Sherman Alexie, Spokane people]
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- Hate is a powerful tool: it can break barriers, create violence, establish revenge, or destroy people entirely. Leaving behind rationality; “hatred is a way to shut down the mind to a degree, in order to handle overwhelming stress or trauma”(Wilson 2014), through hatred people detach themselves from practicality and inevitably ensue themselves with violence and revenge. The main character Zits in the novel Flight by Sherman Alexie goes on a spiritual journey to find out what hatred, violence, and revenge can cause.... [tags: Love, Novel, Sherman Alexie, My Chemical Romance]
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- The book Flight written by Sherman Alexie is about a 15 year old part Native American orphan called Zits who has experienced a life full of violence and abuse. Zits never met his father and ran away from his mother. Throughout all of flight, it is noticeable that the search for identity is a reoccurring theme that happens when he goes into people 's bodies. In order for him to grow he has to experience different times and places through his traveling into different characters. Zits does not understand why he has been mistreated his whole life or where he belongs.... [tags: Family, Foster care, Sherman Alexie, Father]
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- One of the most colorful characters of the Civil War was a General named William T. Sherman. During the period of the war (1861-1865), General Sherman went full circle from being forced to retire on trumped up charges that he was insane, to becoming a key player in bringing this bloody war to a close. He entered the annals of military history as one of the greatest and most distinguished generals of all time. William T. Sherman was born to Charles N. Sherman and Mary Hoyt Sherman in Lancaster, Ohio, on February 8, 1820.... [tags: General Sherman Essays]
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- In the novel Reservation Blues, most of the characters struggle with their identity at some point. Victor has an especially strong urge to rebel against his Native American heritage, which is apparent in his violent, arrogant demeanor and his obvious problem with alcohol. Victor is tied to his past and has trouble coping with his life as it is, and is in a constant battle with himself, his surroundings, and other people. Early in the book, Victor is portrayed as somewhat of a bully, and he and Junior are even referred to as, "two of the most accomplished bullies of recent Native American history." (page 13) Victor's closest and most meaningful relationship in the book is his fri... [tags: Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie]
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- Sherman Alexie's Subtle Sarcasm Sherman Alexie illustrates a subtle sarcasm that is very consistent among his stories. He conveys many of the current social issues that seem to be constant among those of Indian heritage. His main characters all have very similar characteristics: very laid back and socially conscious. An important characteristic that his characters share is a sense of wit and cynicism which helps convey Alexie's ideals in many regards. The first rhetorical device Alexie utilizes is his methophorical use of his titles.... [tags: American Literature Sherman Alexie Essays]
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