Still from an Untitled Film

Artist: Cindy Sherman (American, born Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 1954)

Date: 1978

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 18.7 x 23.9 cm (7 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.5147

Rights and Reproduction: © 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 form—from gaze and camera angle to lighting, costume, and backdrop—that trigger the stock narratives and characters from which our identities are composed.