Masquerade: Role Playing in Self-Portraiture—Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection

Art of the Americas Building
October 12, 2006–January 7, 2007

Consisting of some thirty works drawn from LACMA’s permanent collection, Masquerade: Role Playing in Self-Portraiture explores the way in which photographers—costumed, masked, wigged, made-up or transformed through technique or situation—present their fictional, or “Other Selves.” Photographers whose work is featured include Cindy Sherman, Yasumasa Morimura, Claude Cahun and Pierre Molinier, as well as nineteenth-century photographers Roger Fenton and Francis Frith, who dressed in authentic clothing from faraway places to associate visually with the places where they practiced their “documentary” photography.

Exhibition Images on Collections Online

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photographs in the exhibition are from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection. Curator: Deborah Irmas, Guest Curator.

Image: Cindy Sherman (United States, b. 1954), Untitled Film Still #5 [Woman opening letter], 1977, gelatin-silver print, 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, © Cindy Sherman.