Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer: Experimenting in Life and Art


Generations invites us to pause and actually feel the meaning of our relationships and legacies.” Sloan Lesbowitz, MIX Festival, NYC

Jack H. Skirball Series

Barbara Hammer has made over 80 films in a career that spans 40 years, and is widely celebrated throughout the world as a pioneer of queer cinema. This screening presents the Los Angeles premieres of two of Hammer’s recent works: Generations (2010), made with Gina Carducci, a film about the ongoing tradition of personal filmmaking, the last days of Coney Island’s legendary Astroland, and the aging of the film medium itself; and A Horse Is Not A Metaphor (2009), with music by Meredith Monk, a richly textured filmic tapestry that reflects upon Hammer’s bout with cancer, her return to her experimental filmmaking roots, and her drive to change illness into recovery through travels and pilgrimages in New Mexico, Wyoming and Woodstock. Hammer’s book, HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, was published last spring, and she was recently given a career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art.

In person: Barbara Hammer

Advanced Curators' Notes

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 1/24
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff