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Larry Johnson Film Series: Nudes Descending a Staircase

Wednesday Aug 26, 2009 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM This is a past program

Elective Affinities, a film series devised by Larry Johnson and William E. Jones, features works that might have shown at the Cinema Theater on Western Avenue before getting busted by the cops. Artistic ambition, opportunism, and (of course) sexual desire intermingle, with “art films” and “nudies” colliding rather than harmonizing.


Nudes Descending a Staircase

The puritan has a taste for rough trade; an exhibitionist finds his audience; a tycoon builds a pleasure dome; amusement parks really can be amusing.

On the final night, the short films and videos screened include The Paul Lynde Show: No Nudes is Good Nudes; Pat Rocco’s Nude Groovy Guy; The Most, a documentary about Hugh Hefner; and Joe Sola’s Riding with Adult Video Performers.

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.