Contemporary Art Night School: Cindy Sherman 101


The major exhibition Cindy Sherman opens at City Gallery on Saturday 19 November. Ahead of the opening, get exhibition ready with a three-part crash course on the artist who shaped the way we think about photography, identity and the role of women in contemporary society.

Happening over three consecutive Wednesdays, starting 12 October, each class is lead by a different Sherman expert addressing different aspects of Sherman's practice. 

$15 each, $35 for three | Friends and concession $13 each, $30 for three
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Week one

Cindy Sherman in Context: 1970s–90s
Heather Galbraith

Wednesday 12 October, 6pm

Massey University’s Heather Galbraith introduces Cindy Sherman with a lively image-based lecture, addressing the New York art scene, the influential Pictures Generation and other groundbreaking female artists of the time. Book Now | Book all Three

Heather Galbraith is a contemporary curator, educator and mum based in Wellington.

Week two

Cindy Sherman: Appropriator and Appropriated
Aaron Lister

Wednesday 19 October, 6pm

Sherman refigures tropes and types from art history, magazines, fashion, film and television. Her work, in turn, has been absorbed back into culture in equally myriad ways. City Gallery Curator Aaron Lister considers Sherman’s use of her sources and the ways contemporary art and culture have returned her gaze. Book Now | Book all Three

Aaron Lister is Curator at City Gallery Wellington. 

Week three

The Real Cindy Sherman
Julie Ewington

Wednesday 26 October, 6pm

Over four decades, Cindy Sherman has looked back at us from her photographs. Yet she says ‘When I look at the pictures, I never see myself.’ A persistent conundrum, Sherman has been described as feminist, portraitist, masquerader, caricaturist. Sydney-based writer, curator and broadcaster Julie Ewington asks: Is there a real Cindy Sherman? Book Now | Book all Three

Julie Ewington is an independent writer, curator and broadcasting living working in Sydney

Image Credit

Cindy Sherman Untitled #462 (detail) 2007–8, collection Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (purchased 2011, with funds from Tim Fairfax AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation). Untitled #466 (detail) 2008. Untitled #463 (detail) 2007–8. Untitled #568 (detail) 2016. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. © The artist.