Marilyn Monroe was born Norma JeaneMortenson in the charity ward o the Los AngelesCounty Hospital on June 1, 1926; she died in herhome on August 5, 1962. She was “discovered” bya photographer while she worked in an airplaneactory during World War II, and shortly ater shesigned with the Blue Book modeling agency, shecut, straightened, and lightened her hair to hersignature golden blonde color and adopted herstage name, “Marilyn Monroe.”This traveling exhibition is the fth inthe Art Center’s Blockbuster exhibition series.It combines the most well-known images o theflm star by a wide variety o photographers—including Sam Shaw, Richard Avedon, MiltonGreen and Henri Cartier-Bresson—with artworkthat conronts her iconic status by national andinternational artists—including American artistsAndy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Richard Avedon,Mel Ramos, Tom Wesselmann, and RichardLindner.Marilyn Monroe has ascinated artistsor hal a century. This exhibition is in celebrationo what would be Marilyn’s 80
birthday; it is ananniversary that makes us aware how difcult itis to imagine her as an old woman, instead othe orever-young icon we all know. The mytho Marilyn Monroe depends on the power othe image she projected. As she noted to aninterviewer in 1960s, “I’m an artifcial product.” Noless than the artists who have appropriated herimage, Marilyn Monroe hersel was an invention othe Hollywood studios. The duplicity between thewoman hersel,
Norma Jean Mortenson
, and thecultural icon,
, is the subject andocus o this exhibition. The dierences betweenone and the other are visible in the combinationo photographs that reveal her human ace, andthe artworks that address her iconic status.
Curated by Artoma, Hamburg, GermanyTour by International Arts & Artists, Washington DC.1. Volker Hildebrandt
© Volker Hildebrandt.2. Bert Stern
Here’s to You from the Last Sitting
© Bert Stern 1982.3. Douglas Kirkland
One Night with Marilyn
, 1961. © by Douglas Kirkland.4. Bernard o Hollywood
, 1986. © by Bruno Bernard by kind permissiono Susan Bernard.5. Werner Berges
, 1973. © Werner Berges.
Antonio de Felipe
MGM Marilyn Goldwyn Monroe
, 2001. © Antonio de Felipe.
Life as a Legend