Cindy Sherman Exhibition Tour
1 hour I Secondary students I Free
Critically analyse the technical, formal and conceptual approaches Sherman takes when creating photographs. Consider how aspects of her practice relate to the genres of portraiture, studio photography, fashion photography and photojournalism. Examine ways in which Sherman constructs identity and discuss distinctions between self-portraits and ‘portraits of selves’. Identify and define common characteristics of her practice, and reflect on the various social, political and cultural contexts of her work.
Learning areas: Visual Art, Art History
Themes: Photography, Portraiture, Feminism, Identity.
Cindy Sherman Tour and Photography Workshop
2 hours I All ages I $3
View and discuss Cindy Sherman’s work and explore ideas around characters, stereotypes, and constructed identities. Identify how lighting, background, costume, body language, and expression are manipulated to create different effects. After looking at the archetypes in Sherman’s work, take part in a practical photography workshop to plan, stage and light a portrait image.
Learning areas: Visual Art, English
Themes: Photography, Portraiture, Identity
Cindy Sherman Art and English Programme
1.5 hours I Years 4 - 8 I $3
This new programme is a rich language experience that combines written, verbal, and visual literacy activities. Discover how the artist uses her face as a ‘canvas’, adopting a varied cast of characters. Think about gesture, pose and expression, exploring ideas around characters and archetypes. Take part in individual and group language activities that develop descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language features and extend creative writing skills.
Learning areas: English, Visual Art
Themes: Character, Identity, Representation, Disguise
Secondary Student Talk Visualising Sherman
Monday 20 Feb 10.30 – 11.30am or Friday 24 Feb 1 - 2pm I Free
Massey University photography lecturers Helen Mitchell and Caroline McQuarrie examine Cindy Sherman as observer and observed. Through her constructed portraits, Sherman riffs on popular culture, film, fashion and painting. This talk contextualises Sherman’s work from its beginnings as part of the ‘pictures generation’ through to the present day and considers her relationship to New Zealand artists such as Yvonne Todd, Lisa Reihana and Greg Semu. Bookings essential.
Please arrange a time to view the exhibition either before or after the talk. Visual analysis worksheets will be available for students to complete in the Gallery.
Portraits and Identity at City Gallery and Te Papa
2.5 hours I Years 7 and up I $6.50
In Term 1 2017, we’ll be offering a cross-site programme with Te Papa exploring ideas around portraits and identity in photography. At City Gallery, students will look closely at the work of Cindy Sherman, and think about characters and constructed identities. At Te Papa, students will utilise the collections, creative technologies and virtual reality to explore how portraits represent us and how we can manipulate our image to tell a different story.
This programme is available on Mondays and Fridays only until 19 March, at 10am – 12.30pm or 12 – 2.30pm.
For booking enquiries contact Citygalleryeducation@experiencewellington.org.nz
NCEA Photography 2.2 and 2.3 – Portraiture: Constructing, Concealing and Revealing Identities
Cindy Sherman Resource Card.