Charles Atlas: Revenge of the New Puritan

Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 7:30 PM This is a past program

With collaborators including Marina Abramović, Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Merce Cunningham, Antony & The Johnsons, and Yvonne Rainer, Charles Atlas has fused experimental filmmaking with dance, choreography, queer identity, NYC nightlife in the 1990s and much more. The multi-venue ATLAS IN LA festival kicks off at the Hammer where media-dance pioneer Charles Atlas himself takes the stage to discuss and contextualize his vast and impactful body of work. 


March 10, 2015 – Hammer Museum 
March 11, 2015 – ONE Archive 
March 13, 2015 – 356 S. Mission/Ooga Twooga 
March 14 & 16, 2015 – Human Resources
March 15, 2015 – Los Angeles Filmforum 
March 17, 2015 – Cal Arts 
March 19, 2015 – Echo Park Film Center 
Park View|Group exhibition: A New Rhythm | March 1-April 5, 2015

For full festival details and more information about Charles Atlas, please visit:

Charles Atlas' practice is firmly rooted in the moving image, and he is most famous for works that blur the line between experimental dance documentation and performance for the camera. In his 40-year career, he has produced dance films, experimental videos and documentary features; he has collaborated extensively with art, dance and choreography luminaries; and he has been included in four Whitney Biennials, most recently in 2012. Atlas has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Bessie Awards, and was the 2006 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s biennial John Cage Award. The ATLAS IN LA festival is an opportunity to expose the city of Los Angeles to many of Atlas' films and videos rarely screened here.

Charles Atlas was born in St. Louis, MO in 1949; he has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s. His work has been exhibited in, and is in the permanent collections of, such institutions as Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and many others. 

ATLAS IN LA is organized by Paul Pescador. Image courtesy of the artist, Electronic Arts Intermix and Luhring Augustine. Media partner: ForYourArt.

Hammer Lectures is made possible, in part, by Honor Fraser and Stavros Merjos. 

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, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.