Collection Artwork
Cindy Sherman (born Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 1954)
Untitled (Pregnant Woman)
chromogenic print
frame size: 41 1/8 x 32 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.
image size: 28 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.
paper size: 28 5/8 x 19 1/2 in.
Gift of Ann and Mel Schaffer Family Collection
45/300 + 30 AP
Inscribed, frame verso: # 45/300

Object Label

Cindy Sherman, whose work famously focuses on shifting and manipulating identities, transforms herself into a heavily pregnant woman in this portrait. Standing in profile to emphasize her prominent belly, Sherman’s hands are clasped behind her back as she makes direct eye contact with the viewer. Whereas pregnant women in the media, if shown at all, are typically portrayed as being soft, young, and timid—exemplifying traditionally feminine qualities—Sherman is both confident and strong, connecting strength with pregnancy.

From the exhibition: Birthing Bodies (September 30 – December 30, 2017)

Ongoing Research

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