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Cindy Sherman and the Library Lolita

Cindy Sherman‘s Untitled Film Still #13 aka ‘The Librarian’ has sold for $902,500 at a Christie’s auction!  Wowza.  The photographs from Sherman’s Film Stills series are largely inspired by B-movies, film noir, and films from the 50s and 60s.

Here is Sherman in the library, looking deceptively wholesome, I think.  She looks very young [Sherman was 23 when this was shot, old enough to have just finished her MLS degree] and there is a ‘Library Lolita’ feel to this photograph.  Oh yes, I love fueling the bookworm-by-day-bad-girl-by-night librarian stereotype.

I think this would be a great idea for an exhibit at a library or, EVEN BETTER, as an alternative way of displaying staff and committee photos on library walls!  Shot in black and white, those being photographed would create [or recreate] some library-centric scene from the past.  Since black and white film would be used, scenes from 1960s and earlier would be best.  Ooh!  Now how do I get management to share MY VISION.

One Comment

  1. I am not a librarian but I would also like to do what I can to help fuel this stereotype.

    >:)

    Clem

    Friday, October 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

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