1. ZC_MoMA_2012_Install_web.jpg Mae Wested

    Stares & Silhouettes for MoMA from the Disbanding of Michelle duBois, 2012
  2. Studio view Mae Wested

    Studio view


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  3. ZC_Mae_Wested_no4-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.4 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  4. ZC_Mae_Wested_no1-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.1 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36 inches, Digital C-Print

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  5. ZC_Mae_Wested_no2-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.2 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  6. ZC_Mae_Wested_no3-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.3 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  7. ZC_Mae_Wested_no5_Cor_FLAT-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.5 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  8. ZC_Mae_Wested_no6_Cor_v3_FLAT-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.6 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  9. ZC_Mae_Wested_no7-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.7 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  10. ZC_Mae_Wested_no8-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.8 (Crumpled) Mae Wested (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  11. ZC_Mae_Wested_no9-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.9 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  12. ZC_Mae_Wested_no10-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.10 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print Mae Wested no.10 (Crumpled)

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  13. ZC_Mae_Wested_no11-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.11 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  14. ZC_Mae_Wested_no12-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.12 (Crumpled)from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  15. ZC_Mae_Wested_no13-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.13 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  16. ZC_Mae_Wested_no14-Crumpled_Cor_FLAT-w4.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.14 (Crumpled) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, 36 x 36", Digital C-Print

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  17. NewPhoto_Titan banners_0912 v2-1.jpg Mae Wested

    Banner / MoMA New Photography 2012
  18. Photo-Joshua White-5472.jpg Mae Wested

    ZOE CROSHER: THE DISAPPEARING OF MICHELLE DUBOIS, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, September 14-October 20, 2012 Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
  19. Photo-Joshua White-5526.jpg Mae Wested

    ZOE CROSHER: THE DISAPPEARING OF MICHELLE DUBOIS, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, September 14-October 20, 2012 Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
  20. Photo-Joshua White-5506.jpg Mae Wested

    ZOE CROSHER: THE DISAPPEARING OF MICHELLE DUBOIS, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, September 14-October 20, 2012, Mae Wested Room Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
  21. Photo-Joshua White-5496.jpg Mae Wested

    ZOE CROSHER: THE DISAPPEARING OF MICHELLE DUBOIS, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, September 14-October 20, 2012, Mae Wested Room Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
  22. Photo-Joshua White-5457.jpg Mae Wested

    ZOE CROSHER: THE DISAPPEARING OF MICHELLE DUBOIS, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, September 14-October 20, 2012, Mae Wested Room Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
  23. ZC_Mae_Wested_no.15_test5_with_light-w6-24x36.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested (Studioed) no.15 from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, Digital C-Print, 24x36"

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  24. ZC_Mae_Wested_no.14_test7_room_9405-w5.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested (Studioed) no.16 from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012, Digital C-Print, 24x36"

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  25. ZC_Mae_Wested17.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.17 (Almost the Same) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012 Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond 51 1/2 x 36"

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  26. ZC_Mae_Wested18.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.18 (Almost the Same) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012 Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond 51 1/2 x 38 1/2"

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  27. ZC_Mae_Wested19.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.19 (Almost the Same) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012 Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond 51 1/2 x 36"

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  28. ZC_Mae_Wested_no.20.jpg Mae Wested

    Mae Wested no.20 (Almost the Same/Obfuscated) from the series 21 Ways to Mae Wested, 2012 Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond 51 1/2 x 38 1/2"

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  29. ZC_DC_april2012-81.jpg Mae Wested

    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
  30. ZC_DC_april2012-85.jpg Mae Wested

    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
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    Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012

Mae Wested

“In this Crosher enters the duBois archive into the discussion about what photography is and is not capable of, and Crosher seems to be aware of this in a way that duBois is not. But both assert their own roles as producers and disseminators of representations. As Mae West said: “A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”
- Kim Schoen

Throughout the duBois project, Zoe Crosher has manipulated the original images in a way to emphasize the archive’s physicality. For the Mae Wested series, the images have been crumpled, rephotographed, and printed on metallic paper, resulting in shimmering, faceted surfaces evoking the silver screen.

“Crosher’s handling of the archive is neither documentary nor investigative; she never intended to use the photos to give an accounting of her subject’s life” (Ross, web). Rather, for Crosher, the archive becomes another subversive means to exemplify the very impossibility of making sense of an individual’s identity through an accumulation of self-portraits, that is, according to Crosher, the very fictional aspect of the documentary photography. “Accumulation”, she stresses, “does not equal clarity – but in fact it compromises fiction” (Crosher qtd. in Blalock, “Part 1”). In this respect, one may realize how Crosher’s formulation of duBois’ archive is not only in keeping with the postmodern concepts of the constructed-unstable self, but also with what Marlene Manoff called “the postmodern suspicion of the historical record” (Manoff 14).
- Yonit Aronowicz, Going Beyond the Photo-Archive The Significance of Fantasy and Photo-Reflexivity in Zoe Crosher’s The Michelle duBois Project

Information
  1. Project Images (21)
    1. Studio view
    2. Mae Wested no.4 (Crumpled)
    3. Mae Wested no.1 (Crumpled)
    4. Mae Wested no.2 (Crumpled)
    5. Mae Wested no.3 (Crumpled)
    6. Mae Wested no.5 (Crumpled)
    7. Mae Wested no.6 (Crumpled)
    8. Mae Wested no.7 (Crumpled)
    9. Mae Wested no.8 (Crumpled)
    10. Mae Wested no.9 (Crumpled)
    11. Mae Wested no.10 (Crumpled)
    12. Mae Wested no.11 (Crumpled)
    13. Mae Wested no.12 (Crumpled)
    14. Mae Wested no.13 (Crumpled)
    15. Mae Wested no.14 (Crumpled)
    16. Mae Wested no.15 (Studioed)
    17. Mae Wested no.16 (Studioed)
    18. Mae Wested no.17
    19. Mae Wested no.18
    20. Mae Wested no.19
    21. Mae Wested no.20
  2. Installation Views (16)
    1. MoMA New Photography 2012, Installation
    2. Banner / MoMA New Photography 2012
    3. Mae Wested Install 6
    4. Mae Wested Install 4
    5. Mae Wested Install 1, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, October 2012
    6. Mae Wested Install 2, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, October 2012
    7. Mae Wested Install 3, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, October 2012
    8. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    9. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    10. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    11. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    12. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    13. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    14. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    15. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
    16. Installation view, "Zoe Crosher: Mae Wested", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2012
  3. Related Press
    1. Modern Painters (2016) Review by Emily Ellis Fox for The Disappearing of Michelle duBois at Perry Rubenstein Gallery
    2. The New Yorker (2016) Vince Aletti, Critic’s Notebook, “Photo Sensitive,” The New Yorker, October 22, 2012, p. 12
    3. Whitewall Magazine (2016) Whitewall Magazine's 'To Watch' - by Amani Olu
    4. New York Times Art Beat (2016) New York Times Art Beat, August 17 2012
    5. Zoe Crosher in 20x20:The Photography Issue, Installation Magazine (2013) Zoe Crosher celebrates Los Angeles in her work- the illusion of stardom, the ability to reinvent oneself and the discrepancy between fact and fiction in a city built upon illusion.
    6. MoMA New Photography 2012 (2013) View works from the MoMA New Photography show, 2012 and listen to curator Eva Respini in conversation with Zoe Crosher
Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight
    2. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    3. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    4. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    5. LA-LIKE: LA Imaginary As Unlit Lightboxes
    6. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    7. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    8. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    9. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    10. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    11. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    12. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    13. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    14. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Dessert Concepts & Recipes
    15. For An Evening with Eve Babitz, at the Chateau Marmont
    16. LA-LIKE: LAXART Billboard
    17. The Pools I Shot
    18. LA-LIKE
    19. LA-LIKE (LOST)
    20. Tear Sheet Posters
  • The Michelle duBois Project
    1. The Uniqued Series
    2. The Additive Dust Series
    3. Mae Wested
    4. The Disbanding of Michelle duBois
    5. The Vanishing of Michelle duBois
    6. The Disappearing of Michelle duBois
    7. The Other Disappeared Nurse
    8. Silhouetted
    9. All Her Shadows
    10. Blackened Last Four Days & Nights in Tokyo
    11. Almost the Same
    12. The Unveiling of Michelle duBois
    13. The Unraveling of Michelle duBois
    14. Obfuscated
    15. The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois
    16. Polaroided
    17. Posed Postcards
  • Out The Window (LAX)
  • The Santa Cruz Kids
  • The Fainting Club
    1. The Fainting Club (London)
    2. The Fainting Club (New York)
    3. The Fainting Club (Los Angeles)
    4. The Fainting Club (More Cities)
    5. The Fainting Club (About)
  • Publications
    1. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics / The Bronzed Blossoms of Madame, published by X Artists' Books
    2. The Good & The Glamorous, A Memoir of Misremembering & The Cold War
    3. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Published by Hesse Presse, Los Angeles, CA - Spring 2016 (Sold Out)
    4. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (May 2015) Published by Metropolis Books
    5. Forthcoming: The Re-duBois Book
    6. Returning to Berlin / Publication curated by Kim Schoen - Motto, Berlin (August 2013)
    7. Why Art Photography? by Lucy Soutter (2013) Published by Routelage
    8. Volume 4: The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, aka *Mitchi* (Fall 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    9. Volume 3: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois, aka *Cricket* (Spring 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    10. Volume 2: The Unraveling of Michelle duBois, aka *Alice Johnson* (Fall 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    11. Volume 1: The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, aka *Kathy* (Spring 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    12. Out the Window (LAX) with essays by Norman Klein, Pico Iyer, & Julian Meyers (2007)
    13. NTNTNT (2004)
    14. L.A. Now: Volume One, Published by Art Center College of Design, August 2002