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Screening and Conversation: The Female Closet by Barbara Hammer
October 30, 2017 at 18:30 – 20:00
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St, New York, New York 10014, USA
This event is free. Registration is required: https://visit.whitney.org/tickets/ItemList.aspx?node_id=460176
The Female Closet (1998) is an experimental documentary by Barbara Hammer that explores the closeted and not-so-closeted lesbian histories of artists Alice Austen, Hannah Höch, and Nicole Eisenman. Utilizing groundbreaking research, newly discovered home movies, archival photographs, and other visual sources, this under-screened documentary provides a timely reminder of the importance of creating, archiving, and making accessible feminist artwork. After the screening, Tara Hart, archives manager at The Whitney, will facilitate a conversation between Hammer, The Lesbian Herstory Archive, and XFR Collective about the importance of archiving and making accessible queer histories.
This program coincides with a comprehensive exhibition at the Leslie Lohman Museum entitled Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies, that delves into the life’s work and resonating impact of lesbian feminist artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer. On display from October 7, 2017 – January 28, 2018, the exhibition features work from the past 50 years, including photographs, paintings, posters, films, videos, installations, drawings, writings, and more.