Untitled, Expanded continues the discourse about power, gender, desire, repression, diversity, art, society, culture, and identity begun four years ago with Jim Hodges’ collaborative film project, Untitled. While Untitled juxtaposed archival footage, mainstream network news broadcasts, artists’ documentation, and popular TV, film, and music for a reflection on the personal and the political, Untitled, Expanded presents features, documentaries, and short films that explore related themes by filmmakers past and present from all over the world.
Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.
The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.
Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30pm. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. This talk will be led by Jamillah James, assistant curator.
Beginning with a reflection on the early AIDS epidemic, Jim Hodges’ collaborative film Untitled eschews linear narrative to introduce a fractious timeline, moving from the sublime to the tragic and back again. By juxtaposing mainstream network news, activist footage, artists’ works, and popular entertainment from the last turbulent decades, the film references regimes of power that precipitated a generation of AIDS and queer activism which continues today. (2010, Dir. J. Hodges, C. Marques da Cruz and E. King, 60 min.)
Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is a danger to the planet, little progress has been made to reduce CO2 emissions. Climatologists Brenda Ekwurzel and Michael Mann join us to examine the issue. Ekwurzel works with the Union of Concerned Scientists leading education aimed at increasing support for strong climate legislation. Mann shared the Nobel Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is the author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines and Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming.
45-minute tours of selected works in special exhibitions are facilitated by Hammer student educators and take place every Saturday at 1:00PM.
Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take
October 11 and 25, November 8 and 22, December 13, January 3 and 17
Robert Heinecken: Object Matter
October 18, November 1 and 15, December 6 and 20, January 10