Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman

Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman

by Shelley Rice, Museum of Contempor, Grey Art Gallery & Study Center
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262681064

ISBN-13: 9780262681063

Pub. Date: 11/26/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, and Cindy Sherman were born in differentcountries, in different generations ;Cahun in France in 1894, Deren inRussia in 1917, and Sherman in the United States in 1954. Yet theyshare a deeply theatrical obsession that shatters any notion of aunified self. All three try out identities from different socialclasses and geographic environments,

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Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, and Cindy Sherman were born in differentcountries, in different generations ;Cahun in France in 1894, Deren inRussia in 1917, and Sherman in the United States in 1954. Yet theyshare a deeply theatrical obsession that shatters any notion of aunified self. All three try out identities from different socialclasses and geographic environments, extend their temporal range intothe past and future, and transform themselves into heroes andvillains, mythological creatures, and sex goddesses. The premise ofInverted
Odysseys is that this expanded concept of theself ;this playful urge to "try on"
other roles-is more than afeminist or psychological issue. It is central to our global culture,to our definition of human identity in a world where the individualexists in a multicultural and multitemporal environment. This book isan
"odyssey" through historical, theoretical, critical, and literaryperspectives on the three artists viewed in the context of theseissues. Contributors include Lynn
Gumpert, Lucy Lippard, Jonas Mekas,Ted Mooney, Shelley Rice, and Abigail
Solomon-Godeau.Central to the book is Claude Cahun's "Heroines" manuscript, a seriesof fifteen stream-of-consciousness monologues written in the voices ofmajor women of literature and history, such as the Virgin Mary,Sappho, Cinderella,
Penelope, Delilah, and Helen of Troy. Translatedby Norman MacAfee, these perverse and hilarious vignettes make theirEnglish-language debut here. This is also the first time that Cahun'stext has appeared in its entirety.The book accompanies an exhibit cocurated by Lynn Gumpert and ShelleyRice at the Grey Art Gallery, New York
University.Published in cooperation with the Grey Art Gallery, New
YorkUniversity.EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:Grey Art GalleryNew York, New YorkNovember 16,
1999 - January 29, 2000Museum of Contemporary ArtNorth Miami, FloridaMarch - May
2000

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262681063
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/26/1999
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreward and Acknowledgmentsvi
Introductionix
1Inverted Odysseys3
2Scattering Selves27
3Claude Cahun's "Heroines"43
4The Equivocal "I": Claude Cahun as Lesbian Subject111
5A Few Notes on Maya Deren127
6Cindy Sherman: An Invention for Two Voices151
Artists' Biographies159
Contributors165
Name Index167

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