Love From BAM
Love From BAM

As outdoor activities expand throughout the city, we’re scaling back the digital programming that helped us stay connected while physically apart. We’ll continue to share great cinema—including this week’s new documentary on John Lewis—and highlights from the BAM Hamm Archives, but we’re thrilled to turn much of our focus to what comes next. The safety of our community, artists, and staff remain paramount, and we look forward to putting together creative and responsible events this fall!

 


WHAT’S NEW

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

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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.

COMMUNITY
DanceAfrica Virtual Bazaar
We spotlight some of the local small businesses that have been part of DanceAfrica through the years, with all sales providing critical support to these artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs.

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.


RECENT RELEASES

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The Last Tree
Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical story about a British boy of Nigerian heritage who leaves his foster home in rural England to live with his birth mother in inner-city London.

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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things
An evocative new documentary tracing the extraordinary, five-decades-long journey of the First Lady of Song, whose music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century.

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Miss Juneteenth
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.

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Yourself and Yours
A painter learns that his girlfriend was recently seen having drinks with another man in Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s comic mystery of mistaken identity, excessive drinking, and lots of he-said, she-said.

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Shirley
Elisabeth Moss is the renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson in Josephine Decker’s (Madeline’s Madeline) suspenseful psychological drama, presented in partnership with NEON.

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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.


REP GEMS AND REDISCOVERIES

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Cane River
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

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Beyond the Visible—Hilma af Klint
BAM partners with Zeitgeist Film and Kino Marquee to present this dazzling documentary about the recently discovered, visionary abstract painter Hilma af Klint.

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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.

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.

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.

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.


COMPELLING CONVERSATION

Greenlight #LoveFromBAM 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 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.

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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
Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation
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.

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Essex Hemphill
Co-presented by BAM and PEN America; Part of PEN World Voices Festival
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.

TALKS
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. Jemisin and Ijeoma Oluo
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
The bestselling authors discuss using material from the past, engaging the complexities of our present, and imagining a revolutionary future.

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Arundhati Roy
In partnership with Greenlight Bookstore and the Onassis Cultural Center New York
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.

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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.

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Coming Out and Of Age
Presented at the Brooklyn Book Festival
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.

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Unbound: Morgan Parker
Presented at the Brooklyn Book Festival
In partnership with Greenlight Bookstore
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.

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PAST PERFORMANCES

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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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The House Party with Everybooty
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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Hamnet
This stunning play, presented as part of Next Wave 2019, gives voice to Shakespeare’s son Hamnet—who died at age 11—as an unassuming embodiment of tragedy, mortality, legacy, and what it means not to be.

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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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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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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.

VISUAL ART
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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"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
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
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 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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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
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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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.

SUPPORT
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.


DIGITAL ART

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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.