Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Born 1954

Artist Details

Birth Place
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Phonetic Spelling
SIHN-dee SHERR-mehn
Photography; Film
Places of Residence
New York
State University of New York, Buffalo,1972–76
Retrospective Exhibitions

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, The Broad Museum, Los Angeles,  2016;

Cindy Sherman, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012;

Cindy Sherman, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 2003;

Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1997;

Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1997

NMWA Exhibitions

More is More: Multiples, 2019

Women House, 2018

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 2007

Steven Scott Collects: Donations and Promised Gifts to the Permanent Collection, 2005

Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century, 1999

A History of Women Photographers, 1997


About the Artist

Through her photographs, Cindy Sherman examines women’s roles in society and questions the ways in which the viewer looks at and identifies with the women she portrays.

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in 1954, Sherman graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976. She rose to fame in the international art world with her series of black-and-white photographs, “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80), which advanced the concept of narrative photography.

In most of her works, Sherman is model, photographer, and director. She regularly alters her appearance beyond recognition through makeup, prosthetics, and costumes. She draws her personas from a range of sources, including fairytales, art history, film noir, and the fashion world. Her use of costume and makeup challenged the way in which portraiture was considered.

Although she began her career using black-and-white photography, Sherman transitioned to color film in the early 1980s. Her work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Sherman has received numerous awards, including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 1999 and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1995. She lives and works in New York.

National Museum of Women in the Arts