Film Series | Doll Parts: Doll Clothes, Doll Parts, Office Killer

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016
7:00 p.m.
The Oculus Hall at The Broad
Tickets $12 - This program is sold out.


Cindy Sherman, Doll Clothes, 2:23 min., 1975

Samuel Bayer, Doll Parts, 4 min., 1994

Cindy Sherman, Office Killer, 95 min., 1997

Released in 1997, Office Killer is Cindy Sherman’s sole foray into feature filmmaking. An explosion of B-Hollywood film tropes, film noir aesthetics and cult filmmaking practices, Office Killer presents a cast to die for, and a screenplay penned by Sherman and New Queer Cinema auteurs Todd Haynes and Tom Kalin. Something is not right at the office when moody lurker Dorine (Carol Kane) accidentally offs a coworker, inspiring a loner killing spree that jeopardizes the lives of her colleagues, played by Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Barbara Sukowa. Evoking a staunch feminist stance on identity politics of the 1990s, the film is paired with the promotional video for Doll Parts, taken from Hole’s second masterful album, Live Through This, and Sherman’s early animated short Doll Clothes.

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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