The exhibit was huge, and took me more than 3 hours to get through. I felt overwhelmed at times with the vastness of art and subject matter that I was seeing. There was more than enough to dazzle, delight, and disgust me as I walked through the rooms of the exhibition. I wish I had taken some better photos, because many of mine are blurry. I was especially interested in the showing of Sherman's film Office Killer, which was being shown in it's entirety. It stars Carol Kane and Molly Ringwald and is a fantastic horror film, with decidedly Sherman-esque features, particularly the quality of light used throughout.
Each room had a theme and much to say about Sherman as an artist. She has a vast body of work that is grotesque, endearing, contemplative, violent, feminine, narrative, and above all, thought-provoking. There are many details in each piece that are not always effectively communicated through reproductions. Again, many of these pieces are large, allowing you to fully appreciate the minute storytelling details of each piece. Everything down to how the hair and makeup are laid on the character is a deliberate choice of Sherman's. I knew a bit about Sherman before I went and knew I liked her work but I was surprised by the amount there was too see and was delighted that there was such a variety. Up until this point, I had really only seen her portraits where she dresses as various female stereotypes. These are great all on their own, but I was very much excited to see the variety of inspiration she uses for her work. I felt as though I was being transported to a new world, each time I stepped into a new room. In the Untititled Film Stills room, I resonated with Sherman as a female artist and the ways she approaches and portrays femininity in her work. It runs the gamut from demure to totally in-your-face. The way women are portrayed in media and entertainment is also a frequent theme of her work. Women are often portrayed as weak, damsels in distress. Sherman has a fair amount of this going on in her work, but also turns it on its head and makes the woman something to be feared, something powerful and at times, sinister.