Artists from a wide array of disciplines continue to find layers of meaning and complexity in the work of Cindy Sherman. A panel comprised of artists with backgrounds in fiction writing, film, performance, and contemporary art explores the multifaceted impact of Sherman’s 30-year career.
Join the discussion with writer/curator Malik Gaines, a performer in My Barbarian; filmmaker/activist Tom Kalin, a prominent figure in the New Queer Cinema; writer Lynne Tillman, author of five novels, short stories, nonfiction, and cultural criticism; and Cindy Sherman exhibition curator Eva Respini from The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The panel is moderated by Walker chief curator Darsie Alexander.
This event will be webcast live and archived on the Walker Channel (channel.walkerart.org).
Malik Gaines is a performer in the collective My Barbarian, a troupe that has brought both playful theatricality and cultural critique to art institutions for more than 10 years. As a writer and curator, Gaines has explored the politics of expressivity and representation and organized exhibitions such as Fade: African American Artists in Los Angeles and Made in L.A., 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial.
A prominent figure in the New Queer Cinema, Tom Kalin is a filmmaker, writer, producer, and founding member of Gran Fury, an AIDS activist collective known for its provocative public art projects. Kalin’s work ranges from experimental video installations to narrative feature films, including Swoon and Savage Grace. He collaborated on the screenplay for Cindy Sherman’s 1997 feature Office Killer, and produced such films as I Shot Andy Warhol and Go Fish. Kalin is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
Eva Respini is Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has organized numerous exhibitions on contemporary art and photography at MoMA, including Cindy Sherman (2012); Boris Mikhailov: Case History (2011); Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960 (co-curated 2011). She is the author of several books, including Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West and Fashioning Fiction in Photography since 1990.
Guggenheim Fellow Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and critic whose work has appeared in numerous publications. A frequent collaborator with artists, Tillman has a number of written stories based on contemporary artworks. Her novel No Lease on Life was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.