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September 29 – November 25, 2007
Marilyn Monroe
Life as a Legend
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 airplaneactory during World War II, and shortly ater 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 fth 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 conronts 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 artistsor hal a century. This exhibition is in celebrationo what would be Marilyn’s 80
birthday; it is ananniversary that makes us aware how difcult itis to imagine her as an old woman, instead othe orever-young icon we all know. The mytho Marilyn Monroe depends on the power othe 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 othe Hollywood studios. The duplicity between thewoman hersel,
Norma Jean Mortenson 
, and thecultural icon,
Marilyn Monroe 
, is the subject andocus o this exhibition. The dierences 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 
Monroe Mint 
, 2002.
 © Volker Hildebrandt.2. Bert Stern 
Here’s to You from the Last Sitting 
, 1962.
 © Bert Stern 1982.3. Douglas Kirkland
One Night with Marilyn 
, 1961. © by Douglas Kirkland.4. Bernard o Hollywood 
Marilyn Collage 
, 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.
Marilyn Monroe
Life as a Legend

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