• Date: 21 January 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 10am - 4pm

(Rain Day Sunday 22 January)

Be part of this fun family day out on Wellington Anniversary Weekend, with new destinations to explore, new clues to solve and fun challenges. 

Find out more at capitale.org.nz

  • Date: 15 December 2016
  • Time: Thursday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Katherine Cummings, Australian author and transgender-rights advocate, discusses her experiences as a guest at the cross-dressing retreat Casa Susanna in Upstate New York in the 1960s. Images from Casa Susanna are included within the exhibition of Cindy Sherman's found photographs, albums and scrapbooks.

Cash bar available. 

In association with Cindy Sherman. The exhibition will be open until the event begins. Exhibition entry charges apply. 

About Katherine Cummings

Katherine Cummings is a Sydney-based 81-year-old professional librarian and editor, and a freelance writer. From her earliest memories she wished to be female, although to all intents and purposes she was a ‘normal’ male. After travelling and living in North America, including visiting Casa Susanna several times in the 1960s, she settled in Australia with her wife and children. In 1986 Katherine transitioned from male to female and became an activist for the transgender cause, writing her autobiography, Katherine’s Diary, which won the Australian Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction in 1992. From 2011 to 2014 she was an advisor to playwright Harvey Fierstein for his Broadway play Casa Valentina. In 2014 she published a collection of essays, short stories, verses, book reviews and lyrics, entitled The Life and Loves of a Transgendered Lesbian Librarian.

Cummings article on Casa Susanna in Issue 70 of Polare Magazine, Nostalgia is better than it used to be 
Published 2007

  • Date: 12 December 2016
  • Time: Monday, 5:30pm
  • Cost: Free

Harvard professor Stephen Burt is ‘one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation’ (NY Times) and a champion of new poetry. This masterclass, led by poet Bill Manhire, will look at recent poems by a trio of American, British and New Zealand writers.

Presented in partnership with the International Institute of Modern Letters.

  • Date: 4 December 2016
  • Time: Sunday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free with exhibition entry

Aaron Lister walks us through Other People’s Photographs: Cindy Sherman’s Found Albums and Scrapbooks.

In association with Cindy Sherman

  • Date: 2 March 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 5pm - 10pm
  • Cost: Entry $12/ concession $8 | Door Sales Only

Art, music, film, books, beer, wine and food. 

Emily Perkins and the City Gallery Book Club discuss characterisation in the books i Love Dick by Chris Kraus, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Role Models by John Waters. Read the books ahead of time or just enjoy the lively conversation.

Artists Yvonne Todd and Ronnie van Hout explore dolls in relation to their own work - and life in general - with Chief Curator Robert Leonard. 

Gothic-folk artist Aldous Harding performs live and the She Jays play Sherman-inspired tunes. 

In association with Cindy Sherman


5 - 9.30pm Supper treats from House of Dumplings and cash bar available 

5-9pm / 9.40-10pm She Jays Live DJ set

5.30-pm Exhibition tour of Cindy Sherman

6.30-7.30pm City Gallery Book Club with Emily Perkins, Victor Rodger, Jo Randerson, Kirsten McDougall

7.45-8.30pm Talk: Yvonne Todd, Ronnie van Hout and Robert Leonard

9-9.40pm Aldous Harding plays live

Gothic-folk artist Aldous Harding's performances have been described as 'striking that rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession' with sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes twisted by a touch of humour, hubris and quiet horror. Harding initially ignited interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago and has been working with award-winning producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) for her latest release 'Party'. Recently signed to 4AD (ex-NZ)/Flying Nun(NZ), Harding's Tuatara Open Late performance at City Gallery will be her last in the country before she heads off on an extensive tour of Europe, America and Australasia.

Cash bar and food from House of Dumplings available all evening.

  • Date: 27 November 2016
  • Time: Sunday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free

In January a 10-week film programme begins, selected by Cindy Sherman and Curator Aaron Lister. In advance, we present Sherman’s own schlock-horrror Office Killer. Sherman's directorial debut is a dark comedy exploring office politics and the murderous possibilities of downsizing, featuring neurotic copyeditor Dorinne. You will never ask to work from home again.

Dir. Cindy Sherman, 1997, 1hr 22min, R16 Violence In association with Cindy Sherman. 

  • Date: 7 December 2016
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm - SOLD OUT
  • Cost: Entry $30 / Friends and Concession $20

On the eve of The End of Fashion conference, Valerie Steele (Fashion Institute, New York) discusses the evolution and future of the fashion industry with Kate Sylvester, Margi Robertson (NOM*d), Liz Findlay (Zambesi) and Margo Barton (iD Dunedin Fashion Week). 

Tickets include entry to the exhibition Cindy Shermanwhich will be open before and after the forum until 8pm.

Refreshments served. In partnership with Massey University. 


About Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele is Director and Chief Curator at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, where she has organised more than 20 exhibitions since 1997. She is also founder and Editor in Chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in Fashion Studies.



City Gallery Wellington will be closed Monday 17 October – Friday 18 November.
Reopening to the public on Saturday 19 November with the major photography exhibition, Cindy Sherman.

City Gallery’s main spaces will be closed to the public from 17 October18 November for the installation of Cindy Sherman. Featuring 50 works and a large-scale site specific mural, this is the biggest Cindy Sherman exhibition to come to New Zealand. This will be the first time her work has been shown here since the late 1980s and City Gallery will be the only venue.

While the main gallery spaces will be closed, a pop-up Gallery shop and information desk will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am4pm. This will be accessed only through Nikau Café. Education programmes will be available during this period. For more information, please contact our educators on Citygalleryeducation@experiencewellington.org.nz. City Gallery will also be running a three-part Cindy Sherman 101: Contemporary Art Night School for those wanting to take a crash course in all things Cindy Sherman.

Nikau Café is unaffected by the closure and will remain open throughout. The closure does not affect other Civic Square facilities.

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Experience Wellington with principal funding from Wellington City Council.


  • Date: 29 November 2016
  • Time: Tuesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free - places still available

Art Historian Damian Skinner presents his lecture London Calling: Settler and Indigenous Artists, Artistic Decolonisation, and the British Artworld.

In the years following WWII, a generation of artists moved from England’s colonies to London to pursue their artistic practices as modernists. Indian, African and Caribbean artists challenged the hierarchies of colonialism and modernism by becoming practitioners rather than the subjects of modernism. This moment, named New Commonwealth Internationalism, also involved artists from the ‘white dominions’ and settler-colonial societies of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Their legacy complicates the way both British and New Zealand art history of this period can be written, and the ways in which artistic modernism was caught up in the wave of decolonisation in the middle of the twentieth century. 

In association with Victoria University of Wellington. 


  • Date: 19 November 2016
  • Time: Saturday, 3pm
  • Cost: Free with exhibition entry

Curator Ellie Buttrose has spoken extensively about Cindy Sherman at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where this exhibition was first shown. She also contributed an insightful essay to the exhibition catalogue. She walks us through Cindy Sherman on its opening day here at City Gallery.