In honor of this years Hammer Gala honoree Todd Haynes, we screen one of the filmmakers earliest works. Dottie Gets Spanked, a surreal suburban fantasy about a young boys obsession with a television show, features Hayness signature play with gender identity, celebrity, and midcentury repressions. (1993, dir. Todd Haynes, 16mm, 45 min.)
Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Ian Haney Lpez, professor of law at UC Berkeley and author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, discuss the disenfranchisement of potential voters in Novembers racially charged election.
Eva Hesse traces the postwar artists brief, brilliant career amid the creative communities of 1960s New York and Germany. This documentarywhich A.O. Scott calls an indispensable aid to understanding and appreciating a fascinating artistcaptures the revolutionary, passionate, and mischievous nature of the artist through dozens of new interviews, footage of Hesses artwork, and newly discovered archival imagery. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director and producer. (2016, dir. Marcie Begleiter, 105 min.)
In the tradition of planetary light shows, collaborators Jennifer Moon and laub bring viewers on an adventure through the cosmos, the multiverse, and beyond, presenting ideas about love, faith, and revolution by queering various scientific disciplines. This program is part of the Hammer’s Bureau of Feminism initiative.
Workshop attendees combine concrete poetry with 3-D paper models to create unique animals and robots, and then send them all on a grand adventure to parts unknown. Led by childrens book author and illustrator Mary Peterson, who tells funny stories with her art.
Jibz Camerons outlandish performance alter ego Dynasty Handbag is featured in this falling-apart, falling-down stand-up show that covers topics including the fact that everyone she knows is having a baby and how this makes her feel enraged and scared/inadequate, the future memory of the time when she got her Netflix special, and a cover of Rihannas well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat. With live musical accompaniment by Taylor the Sax Bottom. This program is part of the Hammer’s Bureau of Feminism initiative.