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Love From BAM

We are delighted to bring back two of our favorite films from BAMcinemaFest 2019: an intimate portrait of contemporary queer Brooklyn and an incredible story of undocumented activists infiltrating an ICE detention center. Plus, John Jasperse explores the idea of legacy, and poet Kevin Young discusses ​fakery in American life in two selections from the BAM Hamm Archives.

 

WHAT'S NEW
So Pretty
Film
So Pretty
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So Pretty
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A group of trans and genderqueer Brooklyn artists and activists attempt to carve out a utopian space for themselves in this luminous, bracingly intimate tale of love, literature, and collective struggle.

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The Infiltrators
Film
The Infiltrators
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The Infiltrators
Now Playing
 

This electrifying mix of documentary and narrative brings to life the incredible true story of a group of young undocumented activists who risked everything to infiltrate an ICE detention center.

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Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Remains
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Remains
 
Remains
 
Veteran choreographer John Jasperse explores the illusion of ego and the notion of a fluid boundary between the self and one’s environment—what we build through our actions and what we leave behind in our wake—in this piece from Next Wave 2016.
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Eat, Drink & Be Literary
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Kevin Young
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
Kevin Young
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
In 2018, the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and New Yorker poetry editor read from his powerful collection Brown and discussed racism, the complicated notion of representation, and the facts of our feelings.
+ Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation
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Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives and BAM Film, Community, and Education programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation

 

Leadership support for the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive provided by the Leon Levy Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Hamm Archives provided by Charles J. & Irene F. Hamm

 

Major support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation

 

Community Resources
PROGRAMS
Community Resources
 
Community Resources
 

A wide-ranging list of resources—from arts education activities to food assistance programs—to help you and your loved ones navigate these difficult times safely.

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RECENT RELEASES
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Film
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Now Playing
 

Bill and Turner Ross’ (Western) elegiac portrait of the final days of Las Vegas dive bar the Roaring 20s and its mosaic of disparate regulars reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future.

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Miss Juneteenth
Film
Miss Juneteenth
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Miss Juneteenth
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Life for single mom Turquoise Jones, once crowned Miss Juneteenth, hasn’t quite turned out the way she thought it would, but with the help of her daughter, Kai, she’s determined in her quest for the American dream.

+ 6/23 at 7pm: Q&A with director Channing Godfrey Peoples and Ashley Clark
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REP GEMS AND REDISCOVERIES
Cane River
Film
Cane River
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Cane River
Now Playing
 

BAM, in partnership with Oscilloscope Films, is delighted to bring back Horace B. Jenkins’ long-lost gem of Black independent cinema, which was a hit at our cinemas in February.

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DOCUMENTARIES
John Lewis
Film
John Lewis: Good Trouble
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John Lewis: Good Trouble
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A timely portrait of the extraordinary life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Georgia congressman.

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 Hilma Af Klint
Film
Beyond the Visible—Hilma af Klint
Now Playing
 
Beyond the Visible—Hilma af Klint
Now Playing
 

BAM partners with Zeitgeist Film and Kino Marquee to present this dazzling, course-correcting documentary about the visionary abstract painter Hillma af Klint.

+ Q&A with director Halina Dyrschka on 4/18, 3:10pm
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Donate a Membership
BAM Membership Donations
 
BAM Membership Donations
 

Share the joy of a BAM Membership with a community member affected by the COVID-19 crisis—and ensure the future of BAM's adventurous programming.

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW
 
 

Steven McIntosh, BAM’s director of education and family programming, offers more recommendations, from his favorite stay-at-home interactive arts activities to content for kids and families.

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Phone Fictions 
 

Brighten your day with this lighthearted and imaginative collection of 15 films for young audiences by Scottish artists currently sheltering-in-place, commissioned by Visible Fictions theater company.

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EduHam at Home 
 

Dive into American history with this family version of the Hamilton Education Program, featuring video clips of the beloved Broadway show, interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more free materials to enjoy at home.

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Pharaoh Ramesses IV Tomb 
 

Explore the ancient Egyptian tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses IV on a virtual family field trip with this new online initiative from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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COMPELLING CONVERSATION
Greenlight books
Love From BAM Reading List
 
Love From BAM Reading List
 
Engage directly with the work of some of the authors featured in Love From BAM through this reading list from neighborhood friends Greenlight Bookstore.
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 Patrisse Cullors
VIDEO
Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele
 
Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele
 
In 2018, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and author asha bandele joined Color of Change president Rashad Robinson at BAM to celebrate the launch of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, their poetic recounting of the birth of the movement.
+ Part of Unbound
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David Lan
VIDEO
David Lan
 
David Lan
 
Former Young Vic artistic director David Lan is joined by director Stephen Daldry for a discussion to celebrate his newly released memoir.
+ Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
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Ilya Kaminsky
VIDEO
Ilya Kaminsky
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
Ilya Kaminsky
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
National Book Award finalist Ilya Kaminsky read from his acclaimed poetry collection Deaf Republic, which captures both the complexity and fullness of life in a time of crisis.
+ Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation
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Essex Hemphill
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Essex Hemphill
 
Essex Hemphill
 
In this interdisciplinary evening, artists, writers, and activists paid tribute to poet and activist Essex Hemphill, reflecting on his work and legacy from the 1980s to the present.
+ Co-presented by BAM and PEN America + Part of PEN World Voices Festival
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1983
TALKS
Discussion: Set and Reset
 
Discussion: Set and Reset
 
Choreographer and dancer Stephen Petronio—who performed in the world premiere of Set and Reset at BAM—reflects on the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s 50th anniversary withAaron Mattocks, director of programming at the Joyce Theater.
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N.K. Jemison
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N. K. Jemisin and Ijeoma Oluo
 
N. K. Jemisin and Ijeoma Oluo
 
The bestselling authors discuss using material from the past, engaging the complexities of our present, and imagining a revolutionary future.
+ Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
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Arundhati Roy
ARCHIVES
Arundhati Roy
 
Arundhati Roy
 
The Booker Prize-winning author speaks with playwright Eve Ensler about The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a series of intersecting narratives about isolation, solidarity, and hope across the Indian subcontinent.
+ In partnership with Greenlight Bookstore and the Onassis Cultural Center New York
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Valeria Luiselli
ARCHIVES
Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Valeria Luiselli
 
Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Valeria Luiselli
 
Luiselli read from her powerful essay Tell Me How It Ends, an exploration of the coldness and isolation of the legal process underlying the child migrant crisis.
+ In partnership with the National Book Foundation
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Coming Out and Coming Of Age
ARCHIVES
Coming Out and Of Age
 
Coming Out and Of Age
 
A transcript of authors Nicole Dennis-Benn, Casey Gerald, T Kira Madden, and Alexander Chee as they explore and complicate the construct of coming out and coming-of-age narratives.
+ Presented at the Brooklyn Book Festival
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Morgan Parker
ARCHIVES
Unbound: Morgan Parker
 
Unbound: Morgan Parker
 
Parker launched her collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé with a discussion of 21st-century black American womanhood, politics, loneliness, art, and pop culture, captured here in an audio recording.
+ In partnership with Greenlight Bookstore
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PAST PERFORMANCES
Allen GInsburg
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Allen Ginsberg's America
 
Allen Ginsberg's America
 
This short video captures an impassioned musical performance of Ginsburg’s poem by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) with the Von Trapped.
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Almadraba
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Almadraba
 
Almadraba
 
Oscar Peñas blends jazz and classical composition with flourishes inspired by Cuban and South American folk music in this one hour suite, paying homage to a cherished and endangered Iberian fishing tradition.
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Through the Night Still
WATCH
Through the Night
 
Through the Night
 
BAM’s own Sam Polcer captured Brooklyn during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak on night bike rides throughout the borough. His new short film is set to Pat Irwin’s haunting recording of the US national anthem, performed as part of the Never Records installation at BAM earlier this year.
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Everybooty
Community
The House Party with Everybooty
Sat, Jun 27, 2020
 
The House Party with Everybooty
Sat, Jun 27, 2020
 

Two powerhouse Pride parties combine as BAM and New York Live Arts join forces for a free digital event of drag, dance, music, and more, with all donations supporting LGBTQI arts and wellness organizations.

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Bill T Jones
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We Set Out Early...: The Works of Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Company
 
We Set Out Early...: The Works of Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Company
 
This special collection from the BAM Hamm Archives includes seven performances by the acclaimed company that, more than once, has been in the crosshairs of profound, fractious social conversations: identity, race, sexual politics, rethinking history, and the very place of art in a country still striving to earn its name as a modern democracy.
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Booth
VIDEO
A PLAGUE ON ALL OUR HOUSES
 
A PLAGUE ON ALL OUR HOUSES
 
Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre, the team behind Hamnet, revisits Shakespeare’s work in light of the plague that ravaged London during his lifetime, reflecting on the impact of a pandemic on artists, audiences, and the theater at large.
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Circus: Wandering City
VIDEO
Circus: Wandering City
 
Circus: Wandering City
 
Acclaimed string quartet ETHEL takes a nuanced view of the modern circus, combining original music with projections of images, films, and interviews.
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sanam marvi
VIDEO
Sanam Marvi
 
Sanam Marvi
 
A brilliant vocal interpreter of South Asia’s spiritual, folk, and classical poetry, Sanam Marvi transforms songs in the ebullient qawwali and other traditions into fierce clarion calls for tolerance and understanding.
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Never Records
VISUAL ART
Never Records
 
Never Records
 
Out of 65 live performances recorded at BAM at the beginning of this year as part of Never Records, artist Ted Riederer selected 13 that capture the spirit of his traveling installation. This featured collection includes album covers, photos, and video.
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dizzy sense
VIDEO
“Potent” by Dizzy SenZe
 
“Potent” by Dizzy SenZe
 
Hip-hop and spoken word artist Dizzy SenZe performs “Potent” as part of the Never Records installation at BAM earlier this year.
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Refuse The Hour
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Refuse the Hour
 
Refuse the Hour
 
Inimitable South African artist William Kentridge delves into a phantasmagoric investigation of temporality in this multimedia chamber opera by composer Phillip Miller.
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Songs of Lear
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Songs of Lear
 
Songs of Lear
 
King Lear is reimagined as a dramatic nonlinear song cycle in this theatrical production from Song of the Goat Theatre. Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece has been reinterpreted at BAM in every performance genre.
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Set & Reset
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Set and Reset
 
Set and Reset
 
Trisha Brown collaborated with Laurie Anderson and Robert Rauschenberg for Set and Reset—now considered a germinal work in the postmodern dance canon—which had its world premiere at BAM in 1983.
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Green and Green live cinema
ARCHIVES
Brent Green and Sam Green
 
Brent Green and Sam Green
 
This collaborative performance brings together cinema with live musical accompaniment and narration—including an archival audio recording from Louis Armstrong’s collection that captures the solitude at the end of the party.
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Man To Man
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Man to Man
 
Man to Man
 
A woman must suppress her own identity in order to survive in this poetic play from Next Wave 2017, starring Margaret Ann Bain..
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Non Solus
ARCHIVES
A Closer Look: Non Solus (Not Alone)
 
A Closer Look: Non Solus (Not Alone)
 
Choreographer Bence Vági, whose mission is to revive the tradition of the great circuses of Europe, narrates a short video describing the unique relationship between dance and circus in Non Solus, an abstract work presented by his company, Recirquel Company, Budapest, at BAM in 2019.
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DIGITAL ART
On Solitude
VISUAL ART
On Solitude
 
On Solitude
 
A selection of works from BAM’s visual art collection, including pieces by Carrie Mae Weems, David Byrne, and Louise Lawler, ruminating on varied and circuitous responses to solitude. Photo: East ender by Sam Moyer, courtesy of the artist.
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