Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography

Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography
Library Shelf Location 27.STER
Publication Date 2008
Description Catalogue accompanies exhibition held 17 Oct. 2008 - 25 Jan. 2009, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. Exhibition organised by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Washington D.C. Contents: Photographers featured include Cindy Sherman, Eleanor Antin, Laurie Simmons, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Tina Barney, Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe, Mary Ellen Mark, Anna Gaskell, Katie Grannan, Justine Kurland, Nikki S. Lee, Sharon Lockhart, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr and Angela Strassheim Summary: In today's image-conscious world, photography is one of the most powerful mediators of our sense of self. Exploring the ways in which female identity is constructed and mediated through the art of photography is the central theme of this fascinating, fully illustrated book, published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. This book features the work of two generations of artists whose portraiture, self-portraiture, and narrative photographs have indelibly inflected our understanding of gender and identity over the past thirty years. More specifically, it focuses on how role models and role-playing have been central to the art, meaning, and social function of contemporary photography."Role Models" begins with the early 1980s, a time when many American women artists and photographers such as Eleanor Antin and Cindy Sherman realised that they could be both the creator and the subject of their work, while others such as Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Mary Ellen Mark sought to document the varied roles that women and girls try on in their struggle to find an identity that fits. "Role Models" also considers how, by the late 1990s, a generation of photographers including Anna Gaskell, Catherine Opie, and Nikki S. Lee had become exemplars for a new cadre of younger women artists by collapsing old boundaries between postmodern and documentary photography, establishing new post-feminist sensibilities and evolving more fluid concepts of female identity. Biography: Susan Fisher Sterling is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Kathryn A. Wat is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum.
ISBN 9781857595383
Quantity 1
Pages 135 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm.
Authors Susan Fisher Sterling, Lucy Soutter, Shelley Rice, Kathryn A Wat
Format Hardback
Publisher Scala
Related Artists Cindy Sherman, Collier Schorr, Eleanor Antin, Lorna Simpson, Nan Goldin, Nikki S Lee, Sally Mann, Sharon Lockhart, Justine Kurland, Catherine Opie, Katy Grannan, Carrie Mae Weems, Anna Gaskell, Laurie Simmons, Tina Barney, Angela Strassheim, Mary Ellen Mark, Barbara Probst
Category Photography
Keywords Identity, Self-portraits, Narrative, Women, Portraits
Related Country/Global Region United States of America (USA)
Related Gallery National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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