Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at Astrup Fearnley Museet

 

Cindy Sherman, still from the film "Office Killer"

Cindy Sherman, still from the film “Office Killer”

On August 29, Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough will present a talk a talk at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo titled “Human / Capital: Labour and Horror in the work of Cindy Sherman.” Visit http://afmuseet.no/en/aktiviteter/2013/august/tom-mcdonough-human-capital for more information.

What would it mean to ask after the place of labour in Cindy Sherman’s artwork? Where could we locate the labouring body? Even a quick review of her three decades of photography reveals the striking lack of images of women at work, but there is one notable exception: Sherman’s 1997 horror film “Office Killer.” Despite its general absence from considerations of her work, the film – in foregrounding the workplace – provides us with an important opportunity to consider how labour, the body, and the grotesque form a crucial intersection of meaning in Sherman’s larger project.

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