Barbara Hammer: Mischief and Play
DIRECTOR: BARBARA HAMMER
Barbara Hammer in person
Since the late 1960s, pioneering experimental filmmaker and artist Barbara Hammer has been making films that explore lesbian subjectivity and sexuality, politics and representation, and visceral manifestations of pleasure and discomfort, using the camera as an extension of her body to see, touch, explore, and often laugh. Presented in collaboration with The Academy Film Archive, this program of shorts highlights Hammer’s use of play as a form of disobedience and resistance to institutionalized normalities. The screening will be introduced by Barbara Hammer.
Play or 'Yes' 'Yes' 'Yes', 1970, 10 min, S8mm to digital video
A Gay Day, 1973, 3 min, 16mm
Preserved by Yale Film Archive and the Academy Film Archive.
Sisters!, 1974, 8 min, 16mm
Preserved by BB Optics, Inc. and the Academy Film Archive. Preservation of this film was made possible by a grant from The Women's Film Preservation Fund.
Menses, 1974, 4 min, 16mm
Preserved by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Superdyke, 1975, 18 min, 16mm
Preserved by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation
Parisian Blinds, 1984, 6 mins, 16mm
Barbara Ward Will Never Die, 1968, 3min, S8mm to digital video
Two Bad Daughters, 1988, 12 min, analog video to digital video
This program coincides with a comprehensive exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, “Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies,” exploring Hammer’s life’s work and its resonating impact.
Join us after the screening for a celebration and signing of Truant: Photographs, 1970-1979, a 150-plus page book of never-before-seen work from Barbara Hammer, documenting travels, lovers, moments of community and kinship between her collaborators on set, private and public performances, friends, strangers. Published by Capricious.