Focus on: Cindy Sherman

Course Dates: 11/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the work of photographer, model and filmmaker Cindy Sherman, looking at her key works, the context in which they were created and her roles as both model and photographer.


What is the course about?

This one-day course looks at the practice of Cindy Sherman, one of the most successful contemporary artists of all time. Sherman in her socially critical photography turned the camera on herself creating scenes of fashion, advertising, and girl-next-door roles.
We will examine key works like her ground-breaking ‘Untitled Film Series’ (1977-80), her history portraits of 1989-90, and her society portraits (2008) both through close analysis and in the broader context of postmodern theory. We will go on to identify her themes and to trace her influences on other practitioners.

What will we cover?

- The practice and works of Cindy Sherman in the socio-cultural context of postmodernism
- Close analysis of key works such as the ‘Untitled Film Series’ (1977-80), her history portraits of 1989-90, and her society portraits (2008)
- Sherman’s themes (representation, authenticity, the performative, and so on)
- Sherman’s legacy.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain the practice and works of Cindy Sherman in the context of postmodernist thinking
- Participate in discussions of selected key works with confidence
- Analyse Sherman’s themes
- Identify the legacy of Sherman in the work of other artists.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with slide presentations, group discussions, and short group exercises.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
VB864 - Feminism in art: political use of the body.

Tutor Biographies
Marie-Anne Mancio

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VB322

Sat, day, 11 Jul - 11 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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