Riding with Adult Video Performers

Larry Johnson Film Series: Nudes Descending a Staircase

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.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

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.