Gwen Allen is Professor of Art History and Director of the School of Art at San Francisco State University. Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Throughout her career, she has worked as her own model to explore the construction of identity and the nature of representation, beginning with her groundbreaking Untitled Film Stills. Her work is collected and exhibited by major museums around the world, and she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.