Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle

Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle

This film combines the beauty of Forrest Bess’s art with the drama and tragedy of his personal life. Interviews with art historian Meyer Schapiro and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman bring life to this visionary, eccentric artist. (2000, Dirs. C, Smith, A. Marcopoulos, 48 min.)

Post-screening Q&A with director Chuck Smith.

In conjunction with Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible.

Trailer for Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.