Title

Cindy Sherman's Madame de Pompadour (nee Poisson) of 1990

Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

In her portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1990), contemporary photographer Cindy Sherman attempts to reestablish artistic conventions through a "feminine" aesthetic. The artist dismantles historical French gender constructions by appropriating the materials and designs of eighteenth- century dinner wear, and placing herself costumed as Madame de Pompadour on its face. As I plan to demonstrate, she subverts its primary use as decorative dinner ware, deflects the male gaze, and elevates women from the status of object of desire to subject of intellect.

Location

University of the Pacific, Classroom Building

Start Date

5-5-2007 9:00 AM

End Date

5-5-2007 12:30 PM

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Cindy Sherman's Madame de Pompadour (nee Poisson) of 1990

University of the Pacific, Classroom Building

In her portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1990), contemporary photographer Cindy Sherman attempts to reestablish artistic conventions through a "feminine" aesthetic. The artist dismantles historical French gender constructions by appropriating the materials and designs of eighteenth- century dinner wear, and placing herself costumed as Madame de Pompadour on its face. As I plan to demonstrate, she subverts its primary use as decorative dinner ware, deflects the male gaze, and elevates women from the status of object of desire to subject of intellect.