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?
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