Marilyn & Me
Exhibition Dates: May 31 - June 30, 2012
Reception & Book Signing:
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Iconic Marilyn Monroe images by Schiller will be included in the artist's first solo show in the United States and feature ore than 50 works of the legendary star. Exhibition coincides with Schiller's 11th publication and includes vintage prints and original contact sheets with the artist's and Monroe's notations.
The dialogue between photographer and model before a shoot are now historic- true and almost chilling:"You're already famous, now you're going to make me famous" said Schiller. Monroe's replied with with "Don't be so cocky, photographers can be easily replaced" (press release). These words set the stage for the intersection that occurs in the works. Beyond the behind the scenes view Shiller gives us of an American legend is the story of two lives and two careers- Monroe just before her fall and Schiller on his way up.
The series offers many frames that depict the familiar sex symbol, but more resonant and powerful than her charms is the woman behind the image. Schiller succeeds in bringing the real Marilyn to light. The stage is set, the image of the woman who died tragically in her youth stirs in an almost haunting way as we look onto frames from Something's Gotta Give. We are taken back, and we see Marilyn as we remember her- vibrant and seductive, playful but aware of herself- her image. She giggles at the pool's edge, goes for a evening dip, and dons an oversized robe. Then Schiller offers more. In frames of her with Director George Cukor or with her Acting Coach Paula Strasberg we see Marilyn trying to find character and solidify her image on screen. In a few shots with friends at her 36th birthday, her last birthday, we feel a strange tension and in somber frames of Joe DiMaggio on the day of Marilyn's funeral a sense of loss.
For more information on the exhibition, publication, and related events please visit Steven Kasher Gallery