Oftentimes, when you've enjoyed an art exhibit from a single artist, you leave sensing you know a lot more about how the artist thinks, about his or her impressions of the world, and how they connect with humanity at large.
But having that tale told through what they've created is a large part of a larger story. Having the artist curate outside works of some sort, say, of admired films or movies that explore important issues, adds further dimension.
Curated by artist Jim Hodges, the films are "about power, gender, desire, repression, art, culture, and identity." The chosen works include Alain Berliner's "Ma Vie En Rose," Shirin Neshat's "Women Without Men," Chantal Akerman's "One Day Pina Asked," and Jack Smith's "Flaming Creatures."
The day is part of the final wrap-up week of the artist's "Give More Than You Take" exhibit, which closes on Sunday, Jan. 18.
As with all Hammer public programs, the marathon -- titled "(Untitled)" -- is free, though parking below the institution carries a fee. Tickets, however, are required for assigned seats within the Billy Wilder Theater.
See one film, or experience a half day of storytelling, and consider if the artist's viewpoint becomes fuller still, beyond those works displayed elsewhere in the Hammer. And beyond that, consider each movie a starting point for dialogue, perhaps with other film goers or further afield.