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  • Date: 22 January 2017
  • Time: Sunday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free

2013, Dir. Jonathan Glazer, 1hr 48min, R13 Horror, violence and nudity

A sci-fi character study, with Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien in humanoid form and a black wig at large in Glasgow. The perspective shifts constantly between how ‘the female’ sees herself, how she eyes up her prey, and how we observe her. Critic Robbie Collins says it’s ‘a film which watches you back’. Sound familiar? —Aaron Lister

Part of the Cindy Sherman Film Programme

Sundays 15 January – 19 March 2017

This programme includes six films selected by Cindy Sherman that have informed her practice and seven selected by Curator Aaron Lister that are almost impossible to watch without thinking about her work. Both have provided descriptions to accompany their selections.

Scary movies. Strange characters. Fierce women. Odd behavior. Obscured stories. Innovative filmmaking. I think these are the characteristics that tie together all the films that are my favorites, all the films that inspire me. They inspire me to create characters, tell stories without words, playing attraction off repulsion, letting the viewer discover the story (or making it hard for them).—Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman selected these films for the screening programme that accompanied her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In association with Cindy Sherman.

  • Date: 15 January 2017
  • Time: Sunday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free

1966, Dir. John Frankenheimer, 1hr 46mins, M Nudity

A frumpy businessman, tired of his wife and his life, undergoes a miraculous transformation and turns into a bohemian painter (and suddenly looks like Rock Hudson). Simply incredible!
—Cindy Sherman


Part of the Cindy Sherman Film Programme

Sundays 15 January – 19 March 2017

This programme includes six films selected by Cindy Sherman that have informed her practice and seven selected by Curator Aaron Lister that are almost impossible to watch without thinking about her work. Both have provided descriptions to accompany their selections.

Scary movies. Strange characters. Fierce women. Odd behavior. Obscured stories. Innovative filmmaking. I think these are the characteristics that tie together all the films that are my favorites, all the films that inspire me. They inspire me to create characters, tell stories without words, playing attraction off repulsion, letting the viewer discover the story (or making it hard for them).—Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman selected these films for the screening programme that accompanied her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In association with Cindy Sherman

  • Date: 18 March 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 10.30am - 7.00pm
  • Cost: $40/ $20 (concession) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

See Symposium timetable here

Artists, curators, academics, and cultural commentators look at Sherman’s enduring effect on photography and art. Lectures by Susan Best (Queensland College of Art), Edward Colless (Victorian College of the Arts) and Martin Patrick (Massey University), panels and a programme of artists’ video. Convened by Massey University and City Gallery Wellington.

Keynote Papers:

Sue Best: Coldness and Cruelty: Cindy Sherman's Middle-Aged Women (10.40am)

Cindy Sherman's film stills were widely interpreted as embracing femininity as masquerade and gender as performance. Do her images of middle-aged woman, seemingly stuck in signature styles, unpick that reading? The paper considers how to interpret this more recent body of work.

Sue Best is the director of Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research at Queensland College of Arts, Brisbane and the author of Visualizing Feeling: Affect and the  Feminine Avant-garde (2011) and Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography (2016). 

Martin Patrick: Cindy Sherman and the American Social Landscape: Shifting Selves and Suburban Subtexts (1.35pm)

Martin Patrick discusses Cindy Sherman's work in the context of the 1980s New York artists called 'The Pictures Generation' and certain films of the period including examples by Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, and Wim Wenders. He describes how her approach has left its traces within the realm of contemporary art.

Martin Patrick writes on contemporary art and visual culture for a variety of national and international publications. His book entitled Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social Practices is forthcoming from Intellect Press (UK)/ University of Chicago (US). He is Senior Lecturer at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington.

Edward Colless: Creepy Clown Craze (3.30pm)

An unmistakable signature of false anonymity, Cindy Sherman's seductive masquerade is an exemplar of postmodern irony and seems proof for the postulation that identity is performative and provisional. But there is an aura of piety and sanctity about her art and its legacy that deserves to be defaced, and which might then release more menace than mannerism.

Edward Colless teaches Critical and Theoretical Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and is the editor of A+a Publications.

Also in the programme:

Andrew Paul Wood and Margaret Dawson in conversation  (2.30pm)

Critic and writer Andrew Paul Wood and acclaimed New Zealand photographer Margaret Dawson discuss the role of personae, identity play, and the influence of Cindy Sherman and her work.

Panel Discussions:

  • Performing Selves: Reflecting on Sherman's depictions of gender, whiteness and class. (11.35am)
    • Chair: Heather Galbraith (Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington)
    • Panellists: Tāwhanga Nōpera (Creative Practice PhD candidate, University of Waikato), Erin Harrington (School of Humanities and Creative Arts, University of Canterbury), Tāwhanga Nōpera (University of Waikato) and  Sarah Jane Parton ( Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington)
  • Cruelty and Comedy  (4.25pm)
    • Chair: Robert Leonard (City Gallery Wellington)
    • Panellists: Ellie Buttrose (Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art) and Chelsea Nichols (Te Papa Tongarewa)

Artists' Videos

Single channel video works by Denise Bachelor, Jordana Bragg, Laura Duffy, Fantasing, Julia Holden and Sarah Hudson will play throughout the day - selected by Bryce Galloway.

Performances

The day will end with performances from The Photogenics and Fantasing. 

Cost: $40 / $20 (students, community service card holders, seniors and Friends of City Gallery)

BOOK NOW 

In association with Cindy Sherman.  Presented in partnership with Massey University.

The first New Zealand solo exhibition in more than 25 years by internationally-acclaimed artist Cindy Sherman opens at City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 19 November.

New York-based Sherman is widely considered one of the most influential artists living today. Her practice has challenged and shaped the way we think about contemporary photography and her works confront stereotypes and cultural clichés, probing at society’s fascination with issues surrounding the representation of women and the cult of celebrity.

City Gallery Director Elizabeth Caldwell says “For the last 40 years, Sherman has garnered considerable international attention, exhibited around the world and made a huge impact with her complex character studies—I am thrilled that City Gallery is bringing this major exhibition to New Zealand.”

Cindy Sherman features over 50 large-scale photographs created since 2000, and includes images from fashion house collaborations with Balenciaga 2007¬–08, and Chanel 2010–2013 as well as the iconic ‘Head shots’ 2000-02, ‘Clowns’ 2003–04 and ‘Society portraits’ from 2008. The exhibition also includes her most recent series referencing old Hollywood glamour along with a large scale, site-specific mural.

City Gallery Wellington Curator Aaron Lister says, “Visitors will get a rich sense of everything Sherman has made since 2000. She works in discrete and bounded series—this exhibition samples generously from every series from the last 16 years. We see Sherman reappearing as a model or a character in her photographs, and also her embrace of digital photography to open new possibilities or worlds for these characters to inhabit.”

There will also be a related exhibition of Sherman's found photographs, albums and scrapbooks. This collection of other people's photographs—some of which were first shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale—demonstrates how she trawls the collective image bank of culture, and her fascination with how other people present themselves through photography.

Accompanying the exhibition there will also be a series of film screenings—many of which have been selected by Sherman—that have informed her practice, including her own film, Office Killer (1997).

The extensive list of supporting events, including Tuatara Open Late, talks and panels will be announced in early November. More information on these and the film screenings can be found on the Events page.

Cindy Sherman is a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art touring exhibition.

City Gallery Wellington is the only New Zealand venue.

Cindy Sherman
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square | From 19 November 2016 – 19 March 2017 
Read more about the exhibition 

Entry
$12 General Admission / $8 Concession 
Free for City Gallery Friends and Children under 12 
Tickets available at main entry or book online here

About the Artist Born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Cindy Sherman is one of the most influential artists of the last half-century. After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, Sherman relocated to New York City where she began making the influential Untitled Film Stills and where she continues to live and work today. Sherman has an extensive exhibition history. The Museum of Modern Art, New York organized a retrospective in 2012 that travelled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2012); Dallas Museum of Art (2012). Her most recent major one-person shows include Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2013); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Kunsthaus Zurich (2014) and The Broad, LA (2016).

  • Date: 1 December 2016
  • Time: Thursday, 5–10pm
  • Cost: Entry $12 / Concession $8 / Free under 12s and Free

Door Sales Only. Includes entry to Cindy Sherman.  

Art, music, film, books, beer, wine and food. Explore the Cindy Sherman exhibition after hours. December Tuatara Open Late line up includes My Favourite Cindy, City Gallery Book Club and live music as well as supper treats and a cash bar. 

6pm My Favourite Cindy
Fashion professor Vicki Karaminas, poet Hera Lindsay Bird, broadcaster Charlotte Graham and clown Thomas LaHood give quick-fire talks on their favourite works from Cindy Sherman.

7.30pm City Gallery Book Club
Cindy Sherman is a master of masquerade, constantly transforming her own image. Emily Perkins and the City Gallery Book Club—Kirsten McDougall, Pip Adam and Chris Tse—address themes of transformation through the books Orlando by Virginia Woolf, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and Sheila Heti et al.’s Women in Clothes. When does disguise become transformation? Is transformation a deep human impulse? How might we think about authenticity and transformation? Is time the great transformer? Can you be transformed by a pair of shoes, someone else’s clothes, or a haircut? Read the books ahead of time or just enjoy the lively conversation.

Live Music 
5–8.30pm and 9.15–10pm: The DJ collective the SheJays playing a selection of Sherman inspired tunes
8.30–9.15pm: Enjoy a live performance from Estère, 'empress of electric-blue witch-hop'. 

There will be supper treats from La Boca Loca and a cash bar serving Tuatara beers, Seresin wine, Six Barrel Sodas and Mela juices. 


Thanks to event sponsors

  • Date: 25 February 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free with exhibition entry

Speakers discuss their favourite works in Cindy Sherman focussing on process and techniques. Includes Emma Ransley (Toi Whakaari) on costume, Caroline McQuarrie and Shaun Waugh (Massey University) on photography and Sam Trubridge (production designer and director at The Performance Aracde) on mise-en-scène.

In association with Cindy Sherman

  • Date: 22 February 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free Entry (Fully Booked)

Sorry, this event is all booked. 

Panels are in partnership with RNZ and will be recorded for broadcast. Stay tuned for broadcast date. 


In the context of Cindy Sherman, City Gallery and Radio New Zealand present three big and lively conversations exploring contemporary feminism. Across three events, join panelists and RNZ presenters Eva Radich, Megan Whelan and Kim Hill as they explore contemporary ideas and issues around feminism, on a local and global scale.

In this third panel discussion, led by Kim Hill, speakers discuss ‘Ageing and Agency’. Cindy Sherman's recent works confront the vexed issue of ageing. Is this a golden age for 'women of a certain age'? Or, in a society that still worships youth, are older women as invisible as ever? Do women have the agency they have earned? 

Ageing & Agency Speakers include:
Miranda Harcourt, actress, director, acting coach
Dr Ella Henry, Lecturer, Māori Media and Development, AUT
Jacqueline Fahey, artist and writer
Dr Claire Robinson, Professor of Communication Design, Massey University

Cash bar open before and after each panel. Cindy Sherman will remain open until the event begins—exhibition entry charges apply.

'Contemporary Feminism' talks are free, bookings essential. Book from 10 January.

Please arrive before 6pm to secure your seat.

In association with Cindy Sherman.

BOOK NOW.


Other contemporary feminism panels are: 

Feminism: The Morning After | Wednesday 8 February, 6pm

Digital Feminism | Wednesday 15 February, 6pm 


In partnership with RNZ and recorded for broadcast.

  • Date: 15 February 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free Entry (Fully Booked)

Sorry, this event is all booked. 

Panels are in partnership with RNZ and will be recorded for broadcast. Stay tuned for broadcast date. 


In the context of Cindy Sherman, City Gallery and Radio New Zealand present three big and lively conversations exploring contemporary feminism. Across three events, join panellists and RNZ presenters Eva Radich, Megan Whelan and Kim Hill as they explore contemporary ideas and issues around feminism, on a local and global scale.

In this second panel discussion, led by Megan Whelan, speakers discuss ‘Digital Feminism’. Digital technologies are a double-edged sword. They create new freedoms but are also vehicles of abuse, exclusion and exploitation. Is the digital space feminism's new frontier?

Digital Feminism Speakers include:
Anna Guenther, Pledge Me co-founder
Leilani Tamu, poet, historian, former diplomat and social commentator
Angela Meyer, writer and co-founder Ace Ladies Network and Double Denim
Laura O'Connell Rapira, co-founder RockEnrol and Director of Campaigns at ActionStation

Cash bar open before and after each panel. Cindy Sherman will remain open until the event begins—exhibition entry charges apply.

Please arrive before 6pm to secure your seat.

In association with Cindy Sherman.

BOOK NOW.


Other contemporary feminism panels are: 

Feminism: The Morning After | Wednesday 8 February, 6pm 

Ageing and Agency | Wednesday 22 February, 6pm 


In partnership with RNZ and recorded for broadcast.

  • Date: 8 February 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free Entry (Fully Booked)

This event is now fully booked. 

Panels are in partnership with RNZ and will be recorded for broadcast, stay tuned for broadcast date. 


In the context of Cindy Sherman, City Gallery and Radio New Zealand present three big and lively conversations exploring contemporary feminism. Across three events, join panellists and RNZ presenters Eva Radich, Megan Whelan and Kim Hill as they explore contemporary ideas and issues around feminism, on a local and global scale.

In this first panel discussion, led by Eva Radich, speakers discuss ‘Feminism: The Morning After’. Second-wave feminism revolutionised the lives of western women—rights were won, laws changed, social structures adapted. What has been gained and what battles are we fighting today?

Speakers include:
Michèle A’Court, stand-up comedian, writer and social commentator
Anne Else, co-founder Broadsheet, writer and editor
Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, MA (Hons) PhD MNZM, veteran cultural activist and former university professor

Cash bar open before and after each panel. Cindy Sherman will remain open until the event begins—exhibition entry charges apply.

Please arrive before 6pm to secure your seat.

In association with Cindy Sherman.

BOOK NOW.


Other contemporary feminism panels are:

Digital Feminisim | Wednesday 15 February, 6pm 

Ageing and Agency | Wednesday 22 February, 6pm 


In partnership with RNZ and recorded for broadcast.

  • Date: 2 February 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 5pm - 10pm
  • Cost: Entry $12 / Concession $8 / Free under 12s and Friends

Door sales only | Includes entry to Cindy Sherman  

Art, music, film, books, beer, wine, food. Explore the Cindy Sherman exhibition after hours. January Tuatara Open Late includes an exhibition tour, My Favourite Cindy and Leila Adu performing live.

5–10pm Film screening Andy Warhol's Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys

6–7pm Exhibition tour Join a lively and informative tour of Cindy Sherman.

7.30–8.30pm My Favourite Cindy
Filmmaker Gaylene Preston, artist Anne Noble, social entrepreneur Pinaman Owusu-Banahene and writer Pip Adam give quick-fire talks on their favourite works from Cindy Sherman.

Live Music
5–8.30pm and 9.15–10pm DJ collective, The She Jays, playing a selection of Sherman-inspired tunes

8.30–9.15pm Leila Adu plays live.

From 5–9.30pm our cash bar serves Tuatara Beer, Seresin Wine, Zeffer Cider, Six Barrel Soda and Mela apple juice. And enjoy supper treats from House of Dumplings. 

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