• 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.

  • Date: 19 November 2016
  • Time: Saturday, 1pm
  • Cost: Free with exhibition entry

Fashion designer Karen Walker, artist Yvonne Todd, art writer Martin Patrick and poet Hera Lindsay Bird discuss their favourite works on the opening day of Cindy Sherman

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
Book all Three

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.

  • Date: 15 October 2016
  • Time: Saturday, 10am - 4pm
  • Cost: Entry charges apply

Art historians, museum professionals, law-enforcement representatives and lawyers explore art crime. 

The Symposium will cover many aspects of art crime both in New Zealand and beyond. Sessions will run from 10am on Saturday morning, and the Symposium will be followed by refreshments.

View the programme here

Bookings via Artcrime.co.nz

In partnership with the The New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust