Media Arts Program

Saturday, September 12, 2009 — Sunday, September 13, 2009

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 HW & BPAC members

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Hallwalls & Burchfield Penney Art Center present

Guest of Cindy Sherman

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Guest of Cindy Sherman
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2:00 p.m.

A feature-length documentary by Paul H-O & Tom Donahue
Paul H-O
will be present at all screenings for audience Q&A.
@ Peter & Elizabeth Tower Auditorium
of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Paul H-O
became a fixture of the New York City art scene in the 1990s with his popular public access show Gallery Beat TV. Armed with a video camera, he attended gallery openings, amusing some (provoking or pissing off others) with his deadpan questions and candid, witty assessments of their work, but also winning many fans. Among the latter was Cindy Sherman, the usually press-shy artist who is internationally acknowledged as one of the world’s most significant and influential visual artists of the past 30 years. (Sherman’s first solo show as a professional artist was in 1979 at Hallwalls’ original Essex Street location, where she had lived, worked, and shown as a Buff State student in the mid-1970s.)
As documented in this acclaimed film—co-directed by Paul H-O and Tom Donahue—and contrary to her reputation, Cindy invites Paul to her studio for a series of exclusive and revealing interviews. Through these videotaped encounters, the interviewer gains rare insight into her artistic process, and a romantic relationship blossoms. Their initial bliss ends when Paul finds himself wracked with anxiety about his own personality becoming subsumed by his role as Cindy’s escort at the celebrity-studded openings and dinners she regularly attends.
Filmed over a period of 15 years, interviewees include a veritable Who’s Who of the art, publishing, and movie worlds: Ingrid Sischy; John Waters; Carol Kane , Molly Ringwald, and Jeanne Tripplehorn (co-stars of Sherman’s 1997 feature film Office Killer); Danny DeVito; Julian Schnabel; and Cindy’s Buffalo cohorts and fellow Hallwalls co-founders Robert Longo, Charlie Clough, Nancy Dwyer, and Michael Zwack. Shot partly in Buffalo (including at the Burchfield Penney Art Center), and including rare archival photos of the founding artists’ Buffalo days, the film paints a vivid picture of the post-1980s New York City art scene that is also a witty, illuminating, self-deprecating look at celebrity, relationships, male anxiety, and artistic creation.
Co-director Paul H-O, the man both behind the camera and on screen—and who lived the relationship—will be present at all three screenings to introduce the film and answer audience questions.

All screenings will be held in the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Guest of Cindy Sherman official site.

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Knots and Pulses

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