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    Artist Name:

    Cindy Sherman

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born 1954

    Title:

    Untitled Film Still

    Date:

    1979

    Medium:

    Gelatin silver print

    Dimensions:

    29 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection

    Accession Number:

    1981.160

    Currently Not on View
    The photographs in Cindy Sherman’s "Untitled Film Stills" series (1977-1980) all look like snapshots from typical 1950s black-and-white movies, television shows, or fashion magazines. Sherman created seventy-five different photographs, each time modeling herself in these roles to explore and challenge traditional female stereotypes and gender identity. She played on cultural reactions to sexuality and body language and drew on viewers' imagination to build narratives around her images. Sherman believed that, instead of a single “real” identity, the self only exists as a derivation of social influences, as in through her ability to camouflage herself as these various characters.



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