Cynthia Maughan

Los Angelean Cynthia Maughan produced nearly 300 videos from 1973 to 1980, creating mostly short, direct-camera performances in which she stars in scenarios borrowed from a range of cinema and television sources. The dry wit and pictorial economy of her works also shows the influence of then contemporary California artists working in video, such as William Wegman, Paul McCarthy and Martha Rosler. Absorbing Hollywood's beguiling superficiality, Maughan treats the closed-circuit camera as a two-way mirror, in which and for which she prepares her public persona.   full biography

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1973-1978, 27:02 min, color and b&w, sound
 
Scar/Scarf
1973-1974, 2:51 min, b&w, sound
 
Frozen & Buried Alive
1974-1975, 1:30 min, b&w, sound
 
Coffin from Toothpicks
1975, 1:54 min, b&w, sound
 
The Causes of Unconsciousness Tabulated for Ready Reference
1975, 2:21 min, b&w, sound
 
Taking Medicine with Gloves On
1975, 1:27 min, b&w, sound
 
Razor Necklace
1975, 0:48 min, b&w, sound
 
The Way Underpants Really Are
1975, 1:17 min, b&w, sound
 
Pig Mask
1976, 0:56 min, b&w, sound
 
Poodle
1976, 2:11 min, b&w, sound
 
Trailer Life
1977, 1:22 min, b&w, sound
 
Marzipan Pigs
1977, 2:29 min, b&w, sound
 
Prisoner of Chastity
1977, 0:40 min, b&w, sound
 
Zebra Skin Clutch
1977-1978, 2:03 min, b&w, sound
 
I Tell Three Cats About Jail
1977-1978, 1:39 min, b&w, sound
 
Tamale Pie
1978, 1:56 min, color, sound
 
Sex Symbol
1978, 0:31 min, color, sound
 
Calcium Pills
1978, 56 sec, color, sound
 
1974, 9:34 min, b&w, sound
 
Two Sticks Mourning at Another Stick's Funeral
1974, 2:12 min, b&w, sound
 
Suicide
1974, 2 min, b&w, sound
 
Arteries and Veins
1974, 1:38 min, b&w, sound
 
A Violent Death
1974, 3:29 min, b&w, sound
 
1974-1975, 9:15 min, b&w, sound
 
The Magician's Cabinet
1974-1975 (approx.), 2:29 min, b&w, sound
 
Frozen & Buried Alive
1974-1975, 1:30 min, b&w, sound
 
Baskets From My Wedding
1974-1975, 3:18 min, b&w, sound
 
Taking Medicine
1974-1975, 1:47 min, b&w, sound
 
1975 (circa.), 10:13 min, b&w, sound
 
Pyramids
1975, 1:53 min, b&w, sound
 
Statue
1975, 1:49 min, b&w, sound
 
Henna Rinse
1975, 5:56 min, b&w, sound
 
1975 (Circa.), 10:12 min, b&w, sound
 
Chart of the Solar Systems Showing Gods Home on Venus
1975, 1:55 min, b&w, sound
 
Monster Voice
1975, 1:52 min, b&w, sound
 
Zinc Shoulder Casket
1975, 2:15 min, b&w, sound
 
Sinister "Oriental" Front
1975, 3:43 min, b&w, sound
 
1976 (circa.), 22:14 min, b&w, sound
 
If The Sun Landed in My Corral
1976, 1:29 min, b&w, sound
 
The Open Refrigerator (Photograph)
1976, 1:25 min, b&w, sound
 
Gone with the Wind
1976, 3:09 min, b&w, sound
 
Candy Mexican Hats
1976, 2:28 min, b&w, sound
 
Mary and Lady Jane
1976, 1:47 min, b&w, sound
 
A Plea for the Return of the Amazon Nation
1976, 2:29 min, b&w, sound
 
Women of Religion at Bay
1976, 2:24 min, b&w, sound
 
A Dream (An Artist and Gooch)
1976, 4:20 min, b&w, sound
 
The Way You Wear Your Hat
1976, 1:02 min, b&w, sound
 
1977, 21:46 min, b&w, sound
 
Trailer Forum: In Reply to Mr. Tatwell
1977, 3:28 min, b&w, sound
 
A Heartening Experience
1977, 2:21 min, b&w, sound
 
The Last Night
1977, 8:05 min, b&w, sound
 
Huge Trailer for Arabian Prince
1977, 3:37 min, b&w, sound
 
Serve it Nicely
1977, 2:48 min, b&w, sound
 
Cooking Cabbage Again?
1977, 15 sec, b&w, sound
 
1977-1978, 31:46 min, b&w, sound
 
Zebra Skin Clutch
1977-1978, 2:03 min, b&w, sound
 
Japanese Slippers & Black Slacks
1977-1978, 2:21 min, color, sound
 
I Tell Three Cats About Jail
1977-1978, 1:39 min, b&w, sound
 
Tsetse Fly
1977-1978, 2:14 min, b&w, sound
 
Going to Easter Island
1977-1978, 23 sec, b&w, sound
 
Forever & Ever (Hula)
1977 - 1978, 4:15 min, b&w
 
The Four Horsemen
1977-1978, 3:08 min, b&w, sound
 
Ma Chumba
1977-1978, 2:12 min, b&w, sound
 
On Being in Love
1977-1978, 2:30 min, b&w, sound
 
Aku Aku
1977-1978, 2:40 min, b&w, sound
 
It's Money, It's All Money
1977-1978, 3:24 min, b&w, sound
 
Salt & Pepper Day'O
1977-1978, 2:34 min, b&w, sound
 
1979, 28:49 min, b&w, sound
 
Knock Out Rape 3/22/79
1979, 1:45 min, b&w, sound
 
No.9 3/22/79
1979, 2:32 min, b&w, sound
 
Maggots 3/22/79
1979, 2:27 min, b&w, sound
 
Mystery (Try) 3/26/79
1979, 2:41 min, b&w, sound
 
Groovy Kind of Love 3/26/79
1979, 1:44 min, b&w, sound
 
Surfer 2002 5/7/79
1979, 4:44 min, b&w, sound
 
Sunset Blvd. War 5/7/79
1979, 3:23 min, b&w, sound
 
Records (In My Room) 5/7/79
1979, 2:30 min, b&w, sound
 
Cafe Au Lait
1979, 2:47 min, color, sound
 
3rd Stone From the Sun
1979, 2 min, b&w, sound