Cindy Sherman (American, born Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 1954)
39.2 x 18.1 cm. (15 7/16 x 7 1/8 in.)
Purchase, Barbara and Eugene Schwartz Gift, 1983
Not on view
Sherman made this image in the wake of an astonishingly productive five-year run that yielded both her groundbreaking Untitled Film Stills (1977-80)-faked scenes from imaginary movies in which she was actress, director, and cinematographer-and her controversial follow-up series Centerfolds (1981), which was commissioned, and then rejected, by Artforum magazine. Perhaps the increased visibility and public exposure of an artist who specialized in disappearing occasioned this "self-portrait" as Marilyn Monroe out of her sex kitten costume, as Norma Jean Baker.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection XII".
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faces from the Collection," January 1, 1987–May 1, 1987.