In conjunction with the photography exhibition Re-Framing the Feminine, Girls’ Club presents a new film series called Chick Flicks, spotlighting cinematic treatments of and by contemporary female photographers. Four Saturday evenings are scheduled in Spring 2012 to screen feature films and full-length documentaries in Girls' Club's main floor gallery space. A short film by a local artist will proceed each presentation. Each film in the Chick Flicks series references works currently on view in the exhibition, and other female artists in Girls' Club collection.
Saturday, January 28th at 7pm, Chick Flicks launches with photographer Cindy Sherman’s 1997 directorial debut Office Killer, paired with Scenic Jogging, a 2010 video by Miami artist Jillian Mayer.
An acclaimed contemporary photographer, Cindy Sherman is best known for her game-changing series of black and white Untitled Film Stills made from 1977-1980. Reminiscent of a movie that our collective subconscious finds familiar, the Untitled Film Stills depict the artist inhabiting cliches of movie and publicity images of women. Her 1997 feature film, Office Killer, stars Jeanne Tripplehorn, Carol Kane and Molly Ringwald in a black comedy about a mousy office drone with a grudge.
Miami artist Jillian Mayer's video projects use humor to tap into our shared collective memories. In 2010, her Scenic Jogging was one of 25 selections for the Guggenheim Museum’s YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video. More information about Jillian visit www.JillianMayer.net.
Each evening screening begins at 7pm and is followed by the FAT Village ArtWalk, from 7- 11pm. Tickets are available at the door for a $5 suggested donation, snacks and refreshments available. Girls' Club's doors will open at 7pm for audiences to view the exhibition, show time at 7:15pm.
More information available at www.girlsclubcollection.org/events
Chick Flicks continues Saturday, February 25th with Emmy-Award winning director Scott Willis' documentary The Woodmans (2010) about artists Betty and George Woodman balancing the demands of artmaking with grief over their young photographer daughter's suicide. The small, intimate body of photographic work left behind by Francesca Woodman is revered in the art world.
Later this Spring, Fur: An Imagined Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) starring Nicole Kidman and based on the renowned photographer's life, and Our City Dreams (2008), a documentary by Chiara Clemente, daughter of artist Francesco Clemente, that follows five leading female artists working in New York City: Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, and Swoon. Some films contain adult situations and may not be inappropriate for a younger audience.
Currently on view at Girls’ Club, Re-Framing the Feminine: Contemporary photography from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. Re-Framing the Feminine demonstrates the varied strategies employed by female photographers to frame their experiences using the technology of film photography and digital media. Curated by Dina Mitrani, Miami-based photography curator and gallerist, Re-Framing the Feminine includes 45 female artists. Its aim is to demonstrate what is particularly female in the capture and/or construction of a photographic image. The fluidity women experience as both subjects and objects in the photographic field is significant.
Girls' Club is free and open to the public Wednesday – Friday, 1-5pm. Other times by appointment. Parking available at the City Hall Garage, entrance on NE 2nd Street. For more information on upcoming events including Chick Flicks, the Third Avenue Art District Annual ArtWalk and Artists in Action!, visit www.girlsclubcollection.org/events.