Trajal Harrell

In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance

  • This is a past exhibition

This fall an ambitious program of daytime performances and film screenings activates the museum’s courtyard, annex, and Billy Wilder Theater. In Real Life includes four monthlong curated film and video series, 15 weekends of performances and durational, immersive works, and weekday rehearsals by a select group of performers in disciplines including theater, dance, music, and experimental recitation. 

In Real Life: Studio

In Real Life: Studio provides a glimpse into the working processes of artists. Throughout the fall a select group of artists utilizes a courtyard stage to convene and rehearse new material, including theater, dance, music, and performance. While some artists and collectives will simply discuss or workshop material, others will produce a new project from rehearsal to final performance. 

In Real Life: Film & Video

Throughout the fall the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater hosts curated film and video programs. The four thematic programs will screen consecutively and are organized in collaboration with local and international artists, independent curators, and arts organizations:

Artists' Film International
September 13–October 15, 2016

Ecco: The Videos of Oneohtrix Point Never and Related Works
October 18–November 19, 2016

How to Love a Watermelon Woman
November 22–30, 2016 and December 20–31, 2016

The Workshop Years: Black British Film and Video after 1981
January 3–25, 2017 

In Real Life: Performance

In Real Life: Performance showcases new and re-staged works by artists and performers working in a range of disciplines from theater, dance, and music to experimental recitation, and comedy, taking place most weekends in the Hammer's courtyard, annex, and Billy Wilder Theater.

In Real Life programs are organized by January Parkos Arnall, curatorial associate, Public Engagement; Connie Butler, chief curator; Leslie Cozzi, curatorial associate; Anne Ellegood, senior curator; Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, curatorial associate; Aram Moshayedi, curator; MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant; and Ali Subotnick, curator. Weekend performances are coordinated by Matthew Coleman, curatorial assistant, special projects.

In Real Life is supported by Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer.

Image: Trajal Harrell, Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church, 2015. Photo: Paula Court.

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