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Cindy Sherman: A Symposium


Sat 18 Mar 2017, 10:30am–7:00pm

Where: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $40.00
  • Concession and Friends of City Gallery: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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

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 Visualising Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde (2011) and Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography (2016).

- Edward Colless
Creepy Clown Craze

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.

- Martin Patrick
Cindy Sherman and the American Social Landscape: Shifting Selves and Suburban Subtexts

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.

Also in the programme:
Andrew Paul Wood and Margaret Dawson in conversation

Panel Discussions:
- Performing Selves
- Chair: Heather Galbraith (Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington)
- Panellists: Tanu Gago (artist), Erin Harrington (School of Humanities and Creative Arts, University of Canterbury), and Sarah Jane Parton ( Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington)
Cruelty and Comedy
- 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, Fantasizing, Julia Holden and Sarah Hudson will play throughout the day - selected by Bryce Galloway.

The day will end with refreshments and there will be performances from The Photogenics and Fantasy.

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

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