Step into the Billy Wilder Theater for a rare evening of 1920s entertainment. Reginald Robinson will bang out the syncopated rhythms of ragtime on the grand piano as rarely seen snippets of animation by cartoon pioneers Otto Messmer, Earl Hurd, and Walter Lantz are screened. Robinson, who is primarily self-taught and received a 2004 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” will play original compositions and improvisational riffs on Ragtime classics to the antics of Felix the Cat, Dinky Doodle, and Woody Woodpecker, among others.
In conjunction with the exhibition The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis.
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis.
As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.
Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM.
Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.
Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.