Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Gelatin silver print; 7 3/8 x 9 7/16 in. (18.7 x 23.9 cm)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5147)
© Cindy Sherman
Between 1977 and 1980, Sherman photographed herself in a series of sixty-seven staged scenarios meant to suggest Hollywood films of the 1950s, such as this Hitchcockian "career girl" alone on the streets of the big city. In each picture, the artist foregrounds the elements of cinematic formfrom gaze and camera angle to lighting, costume, and backdropthat trigger the stock narratives and characters from which our identities are composed.