IN OTHER shows now at the Baltimore Museum of Art: Cindy Sherman is a frustrated Meryl Streep, even looks a little like her. In this bizarrely unforgettable exhibit, Sherman's 75 photographs of women show a series of selves (which one are you?), emotional states (usually alienation) and personal horrors (usually victimization). But the photos are all of Sherman herself. "I don't care whether they know it's me or not," states the new-waver in videos continuously playing in the gallery. "Portrait of an Artist at Work" shows the self-absorption and concentration of this effort. Sherman is director, star, photographer, makeup artist. Switching wigs, scars, beards and noses, her personas range from Auntie Mame to jaded harem dancer, Polyanna to concentration camp victim. Through August 3.
In his short life of 36 years, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec did 360 prints and posters. The Baltimore Museum of Art owns all but one of his posters, and has put them together in "Toulouse-Lautrec & His Contemporaries," an exhibit of more than 140 works from La Belle Epoque. Toulouse-Lautrec, who suffered from a rare form of dwarfism, came from an aristocratic family. But he found inspiration in the dance halls and "cafe-concerts" of the Gay Nineties, as the lovely stagelit faces in his prints attest. Through August 17. -- Pamela Kessler.