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Barbara Hammer on Multiply, Identify, Her

Date May 30, 2018
Type Interview

Barbara Hammer and ICP Assistant Curator Marina Chao discuss the intersections of Hammer's work and the key precepts of Multiply, Identify, Her, including multiple and hybrid selves, feminism, and identity. For nearly fifty years, Hammer's work in film, photography, and interdisciplinary media has broken ground, taken experimental form, and driven new perspectives on queer and feminist art.


Barbara Hammer (b. 1939) is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker whose work has pioneered feminist and lesbian cinema for five decades. She has had film retrospectives at the Jeu de Palme (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Kunsthall (Oslo, Norway), and Toronto International Film Festival. Recent solo exhibitions include her retrospective Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Truant: Photographs, 1970–1979 at Company Gallery, both New York, 2017. Hammer’s work was included in the 1985, 1989, and 1993 Whitney Biennials and is included in the permanent collections of the Australian Center for the Moving Image, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou, and elsewhere. She is the author of Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life (Feminist Press 2009). Recent monographs include Truant: Photographs, 1970–1979, published by Capricious Publishing, New York, 2017, and Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies, published on the occasion of her exhibition with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, 2018. Hammer holds a masters in literature (1963) and a masters in film (1975) from San Francisco State University in California. She lives and works in New York, New York.

Marina Chao is assistant curator at ICP. Prior to joining the Exhibitions department in 2012, Chao was curatorial assistant in the department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (New York).