Part of the series The Cremaster Cycle

Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler & Kenneth Reinhard

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Multimedia artist Matthew Barney’s epic Cremaster Cycle is a five-part film accompanied by related sculptures, photographs, and drawings. His recent collaborative project with the composer Jonathan Bepler, River of Fundament, combines narrative cinema with elements of live performance, sculpture, and opera. Kenneth Reinhard is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA. His fields of research and teaching include the history of critical and aesthetic theory, contemporary critical theory, Jewish studies, and opera. He is co-author of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology and After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis. He also writes performance reviews for Opera Quarterly

Mix and mingle with like-minded cultural enthusiasts after the program in the Hammer Courtyard at an after party featuring a special DJ set by Showpony and a cash bar.

The Cremaster Cycle

The Hammer presents a screening of The Cremaster Cycle in its entirety during the week of April 21. The Cremaster Cycle is screened in conjunction with the West Coast premiere of River of Fundament: A Film by Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, April 25, presented by Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA). Get tickets and more information.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended. Overflow seating will be available, with high-definition simulcast.
HAMMER PLUS Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

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.