Monday November 14, 7:30pm
Followed by a presentation and discussion with the artist
From: Barbara Hammer, “Evidentiary Bodies”, 2016 – Courtesy of the artist
Artist and queer cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer premieres her new performance and multi-disciplinary work “Evidentiary Bodies”. Armed with portable, fixed and live projectors and cameras, the artist moves about the space projecting video onto inflated balloons, photographic prints, x-ray scans of her own body, as well as onto the bodies of the audience members. One person extends to many and many people extend to one, challenging the concept of the proscenium screen and the stable audience. The performance also includes live sound by Norman Scott Johnson on cello.
General admission $15
Students & Members $10
Barbara Hammer (born 1939 Hollywood, CA) is a visual artist working primarily in film and video, having made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Her practice also includes performance, installation, photography, collage and writing. In 2013 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the film “Waking Up Together” on the poet Elizabeth Bishop. Her works “Optic Nerve” (1985), “Endangered” (1988), and “Nitrate Kisses” (1993) were selected for the Whitney Biennial (’85,’89,’93). Hammer’s work has appeared in retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, London, Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Kunsthall Oslo. Her most recent films, “Generations” (2010, made with Gina Carducci), and “Maya Deren’s Sink” (2011), won the Teddy Award for Best Short Films at the 2011 Berlinale. Hammer is represented by KOW, in Berlin, and her work will be subject of a retrospective at Leslie-Loehmann Museum of Gay and Lesbian art in New York City in 2017. She lives and works in New York City and Kerhonkson, New York.
About “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016”
This fall, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, a landmark exhibition that focuses on the ways in which technology has created new forms of immersive experience using the moving image. Artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new readings of space, optical form, and time. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot Neil Bluhm Family Galleries on the fifth floor, as well as the adjacent Kaufman Gallery, and will include a substantial film program in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, and a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in collaboration with the Whitney. Organized by Chrissie Iles, the Whitney’s Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.
Lead Underwriting Support Provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Generous Support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.
This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts’ Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Additional Support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland.
Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Official Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.