A film still from David Smoeller's "Tourist Trap".

Film Series | Doll Parts: Cultural Soup, Tourist Trap

Thursday, Aug 04, 2016
7:00 p.m.
The Oculus Hall at The Broad
Tickets $12



Paul McCarthy, Cultural Soup, 6:55 min., 1987

David Schmoeller, Tourist Trap, 90 min., 1979

Paul McCarthy’s performance document Cultural Soup presents a familial nightmare in two parts; “the son begets the daddy and the daddy begets the son,” all by way of mayonnaise, dolls, and Astroturf. An early feature production from cult film icon Charles Band (Puppet Master, Subspecies), Tourist Trap is a bizarre slasher film, a deranged step-cousin to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, set in a doll-filled roadside attraction. Unlike Leatherface, however, the psychotic masked protagonist creates casts of his prey to create mannequins of their likeness. Aesthetically reflective of the abject turn in artist Cindy Sherman’s work with dolls and prostheses, Tourist Trap is a cult document of the late-1970s horror film boom, with a fantastic score to round out its off-kilter onscreen antics.


Tickets to Doll Parts include same-night access to the museum, including the Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life special exhibition, before the film program.


About Doll Parts

World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Hepatitis Day.

Since opening its doors in 2015, The Broad has presented annual programming for World AIDS Day to commemorate the many who have lost their lives to the pandemic, to recognize the many still living with HIV/AIDS, and to acknowledge that, globally speaking, the AIDS crisis is not over. At the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, artists became activists and activism grew into an art form. Prime examples of this include Broad collection artists Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz (both of whom died of AIDS-related complications), Ross Bleckner, who started his practice dealing with the AIDS epidemic in 1980s, and Glenn Ligon and Jenny Holzer, who continue to use their artistic voices to highlight the need for public awareness around HIV/AIDS.

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