Estate of Barbara Hammer

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Barbara Hammer was a feminist filmmaker, visual artist, and lesbian activist with a career spanning over fifty years — constructing revelations on gender, sexuality, community, and later illness and mortality. She produced over 90 films, ranging from experimental shorts to essays, and full-length documentaries as well as performances, installations, photographs, collages, and drawings, that illuminate lesbian histories, lives, and representations. In her work, Hammer explodes traditional notions of female sexuality by showing it for what it is: complex, messy, abstract, human.

Retrospectives of Hammer’s films include Sisters! La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona (2020); Barbara Hammer: in this Body, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2019); Barbara Hammer: Boundless, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2019); the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Tate Modern Museum, London England (2012); Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway (2013); Toronto Film Festival (2013); and Pink Life Queer Festival, Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey. Recent solo exhibitions include Available Space, Company Gallery, New York, (2023); Tell me there is a lesbian forever..., Company Gallery, New York (2021); Hammer’s retrospective, Evidentiary Bodies, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York (2017); and Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979, Company Gallery, New York (2017). Hammer’s work was included in the 1985, 1989, 1993, and 2019 Whitney Biennials and is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Australian Center for the Moving Image, Melbourne. She is the author of Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, Feminist Press, 2009. In 2017 Hammer’s paper archive was acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The same year she established the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant.

Barbara Hammer was born in 1939 in Hollywood, CA and died in 2019 in New York, NY.


Solo Show

Available Space


Tell me there is a lesbian forever...


Truant: Photographs, 1970 – 1979


Lesbian Whale: Early Drawings and Paintings


Selected Press

Oct 15 2023

Far Out Magazine

Barbara Hammer: A pioneer of queer American surrealism

Jun 27 2023


7 Older LGBTQIA+ Artists Who Paved the Way for the Next Generation

May 24 2023

Screen Slate

Available Space

Nov 3 2021

Art News

Layered Lesbian Looking: Barbara Hammer at Company

Nov 3 2021

The Brooklyn Rail

Barbara Hammer: Tell me there is a lesbian forever…

Oct 25 2021


‘Curating Is Always About Desire’: Artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden on Her Exhibition Paying Homage to Revered Queer Filmmaker Barbara Hammer

Oct 20 2021


Barbara Hammer at Company

Sep 6 2020


From lesbian dissent to the Gag Law

Jun 25 2020

Rolling Stone

50 Essential LGBTQ Movies

Mar 25 2020


Quintessential Movies About California, From Its Paradises to Its Paradoxes

Mar 23 2020


Editors’ Picks: 10 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week

Mar 23 2020


For a Time of Staying In, 23 Artworks to See and Hear Online

Mar 1 2020


Barbara Hammer

Oct 15 2019


A Film Festival a Stone’s Throw Away From the Beach

Sep 6 2019


Word Play and Women's Work with Eve Fowler

Aug 16 2019

The Los Angeles Times

For these 20 women artists, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Dyketactics’ are just the beginning

Jul 19 2019


Barbara Hammer: Superdyke Surveys Her Iconic Role in Queer Experimental Film

Jul 18 2019

New York Times

7 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Jun 25 2019


The Re-released Paris Is Burning Brings Us into the Future

Jun 13 2019

Art Newspaper

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

May 1 2019



May 1 2019


Barbara Hammer: In This Body

Apr 10 2019

Texte Zur Kunst

BARBARA HAMMER (1939-2019)

Apr 9 2019


Barbara Hammer: Artist and filmmaker who first brought authentic lesbian love to the screen

Apr 9 2019


Whitney Museum Acquires Works by Emma Amos, Ed Clark, Many More

Apr 4 2019

BFI Film Forever

Barbara Hammer obituary: an experimental pioneer who put lesbian life on screen


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