Music & Performance

Ron Athey: Sebastiane

  • This is a past program

In his frequently bloody portrayals of life, death, crisis and fortitude in the time of AIDS, artist Ron Athey calls into question the limits of artistic practice. Originally performed in 1992 as part of Martyrs & Saints, this performance (developed with London-based artists Jon John and Sage Charles) explores issues of gender, body modification, ecstasy and the Passion Play. Sebastiane is followed by a dialogue with John Killacky, director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, who served as a curator of the Walker Art Center’s performing arts department from 1988 to 1996. Killacky shares his recollections of performances and political moments marked by AIDS, funding battles, and the culture wars of the early 1990s.

Performance may not be suitable for all audiences. Age requirement: 18+

In conjunction with Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology.


View photos from the event here.

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.