Stewart Sherman was an artist, performer, filmmaker and writer. Sherman was well-known for his Spectacle series of performance art pieces. Sherman created a large amount of short films and videos that were screened at the New York Film Festival, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Berlin Film Festival. Exhibitions of his performance sets and sculptural objects were shown at the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Village Voice Obie, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sherman died of an AIDS-related illness in 2001 in San Francisco, California.