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In Conversation: On Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills

9 August 2019, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #15, 1978, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Dr Eirka Balsom and Dr James Boaden disucss Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills, a series of 70 black and white photographs taken over a three year period from 1977-1980 in which the artist poses in the guise of archetypal female characters from a variety of cinematic genres, mimicking the style of promotional shots taken on set and hinting at possible scenarios and narratives.

Erika Balsom is a senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation (2017), Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Artforum, frieze, and Sight & Sound. In 2018, she was awarded a Leverhulme Prize and the Katherine Singer Kovacs essay award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

James Boaden is lecturer in modern and contemporary art at the University of York. He is a specialist in American art, and experimental film and video, and has published work in Art History, Oxford Art Journal, and Little Joe. He has also programmed film screenings at BFI bankside, Tate Modern, and Nottingham Contemporary.

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