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Marilyn Monroe

The Fabulous and the Faux

California Museum of Photography

January 31 - April 4, 2009

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 7pm - 10pm

The Marilyn Monroe portraits in this exhibition represent some of the most renowned images of the actress and portray her as friendly, flirty, and fragile. Portraits by Philippe Halsman created for LIFE magazine depict Marilyn Monroe performing staged narrative activities. Along with the Halsman portraits are two works by Bert Stern, on loan from the artist: the first from Marilyn Monroe's 'Last Sitting', the second Lindsay Lohan's 2008 re-creation of that portrait for New York Magazine. Seen together, Halsman and Stern's photographs illustrate the visual legacy of Marilyn Monroe and some of the many roles Monroe played while in the photographers' gaze.