Cynthia Albritton, known as Cynthia Plaster Caster, dies at 74

Artist Cynthia Plaster Caster (born Cynthia Albritton May 24, 1947) died April 21, 2022 after a long illness. A statement confirmed the news of his death.

The self-proclaimed “recovering groupie” and sculptor rose to fame for creating plaster casts of famous people’s erect penises. By the end of his career, Albritton had sculpted a collection of 50 plaster penises of famous filmmakers, artists and musicians.

Plaster Caster’s eclectic group of subjects began with rock musicians in 1968. His collection included the likes of Jimi Hendrix, MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks. Later, she would expand her catalog to also include plaster casts of the breasts of musicians such as Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, Sally Timms of The Mekons and Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

After meeting Frank Zappa, Albritton became his patron as he found erect penis casting to be humorous as well and would eventually move to Los Angeles to pursue the art form.

The exhibition did not take off due to the sudden lack of participation from famous musicians. No castings were made between 1971 and 1980. In 2000, Albritton finally held his first plaster penis exhibition in New York. She soon began sculpting breasts as well. The songs “Five Short Minutes” by Jim Croce and “Plaster Caster” by KISS are inspired by her and immortalize her. She is also mentioned in the Momus song “The Penis Song” on her album Folktronic and the Le Tigre song “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo”.

In 2010, she ran for mayor of Chicago on the “Hard Party” ticket.

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