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Barbara Hammer: Boundless

September 7 – 22

For more than half a century, artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939 – 2019) created works unique in sensibility, subject matter, and influence. Exploring lesbian identity, politics, and personal narrative, and delving into visceral manifestations of pleasure, pain, aging, and infirmity, Hammer used the camera as an extension of her body to discover ways of communicating experience. Her purposeful engagement with audiences fostered and influenced many generations of filmmakers, and her groundbreaking work shaped contemporary film culture in multiple ways. This series includes examples of films and videos that Hammer made in shorter formats, although her oeuvre also embraced feature-length and performance works. With special thanks to Florrie Burke, and to Carmel Curtis and Joan Hawkins who organized the first iteration of Barbara Hammer: Boundless at Indiana University. The series includes new prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, as well as restorations by Electronic Arts Intermix, BB Optics, and the Academy through the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Film Foundation and the George Lucas Family Foundation.

still from Audience (1982)
courtesy The Barbara Hammer Estate

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