Two young women in coats face a woman holding a microphone

Hammer Projects: Ja'Tovia Gary

Feb 2–May 17, 2020 This is a past exhibition

Filmed on location in Harlem, New York, and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, THE GIVERNY SUITE is a multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women. Ja’Tovia Gary (b. 1984, Dallas) unleashes an arsenal of techniques and materials, including direct animation on archival 16mm film, woman-on-the-street interviews, and montage editing, to explore the creative virtuosity of Black femme performance figures while interrogating the histories of those bodies as spaces of forced labor and commodified production.

Hammer Projects: Ja’Tovia Gary is organized by Erin Christovale, associate curator, with Vanessa Arizmendi, curatorial assistant.


Hammer Projects are single-gallery exhibitions highlighting the work of contemporary artists from around the globe, often presenting new work at a pivotal moment of an artist’s development. Ongoing since 1999, Hammer Projects is a signature series within the Hammer’s exhibition program.