Victor Hugo, Taches (Stains), ca. 1875. Black and gray-blue ink and wash on paper. 17 7/16 × 21 5/8 in. (44.3 × 55 cm). Bibliothèque nationale de France, NAF 24807, fol. 41‒42 © Bibliothèque nationale de France

Ceiling of Shadows (La voûte des ombres): A Night of Victor Hugo

Copresented by the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies

In this performance installation of Victor Hugo’s writing, artists bring to life a compilation of works that made Hugo a pivotal figure in the social, political, and cultural life of 19th-century France through live music, theatrical readings, dance, and shadow play.

Featuring Vaneh Assadourian, Isaiah Gage, Adrien Prévost, Victoria Rafael, Anthony Sorrells, and Gilles Stricher.

Lighting Design by Gelareh Soofi Siavash

Production Design by Yuki Izumihara

Music by Adrien Prévost

Created and Directed by Darcie Crager

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.

Public programs advancing social justice are presented by the Ford Foundation.

Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.