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Poster, The Stepford Wives

This is a Poster. It is dated 1975–76 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is screenprint. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Created for the 1977 UK release of the American film “The Stepford Wives,” this poster of the same name draws on ideas of female independence and individuality. In the film, women from the town of Stepford are replaced by beautiful but threatening cyborgs. The poster imitates the film’s content; a woman appears to crumble, her delicate body depicted in jagged edges that resemble broken porcelain.

This object was donated by Marc Benda. It is credited Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

  • Photograph
  • chromogenic print.
  • Courtesy of Pat McGrath and Ben Hassett.
  • 1.2016.2
  • Photograph
  • chromogenic print.
  • Courtesy of Pat McGrath and Ben Hassett.
  • 1.2016.1

Its dimensions are

69.9 × 98.1 cm (27 1/2 × 38 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Poster, The Stepford Wives; screenprint; 69.9 × 98.1 cm (27 1/2 × 38 5/8 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2010-21-24

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition How Posters Work.

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