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Love From BAM

Thank you for joining us for Love From BAM! Though our shift to digital programming back in the spring was out of necessity, the last six months have been abundant with many celebratory moments and memorable events. DanceAfrica was attended by folks all over the world, with an online bazaar that spotlighted over 30 small local businesses. We hosted Q&As with filmmakers, threw a free virtual gala, and delved into the BAM Hamm Archives to draw inspiration from our past.

As we head into fall, we're shifting gears to be responsive to what’s going on around us and expanding our virtual programming in new directions, as well as continuing to present classic and contemporary films, interdisciplinary talks, free community programs, and much more, all newly conceived for the online space. Look out for our new fall newsletter, and you can always check out the latest events at BAM.org.

The heart of BAM has always been the living connections forged by art—the sense of recognition, inspiration, provocation, and community that can come from experiencing a work together. These last six months have shown us that even when we’re not in our spaces, that creative connection remains a powerful and inspiring force.

 

RECENT RELEASES
So Pretty
Film
So Pretty
Jul 30—Oct 8, 2020
 
So Pretty
Jul 30—Oct 8, 2020
 

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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RBG
Film
RBG
Sep 25—Oct 15, 2020
 
RBG
Sep 25—Oct 15, 2020
 

With the news of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, we revisit the revelatory 2018 documentary charting this diminutive warrior’s unique personal journey and exceptional life and career.

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Season Sponsor:

Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Mr. Soul!
Film
Mr. SOUL!
Sep 11—Oct 8, 2020
 
Mr. SOUL!
Sep 11—Oct 8, 2020
 

A documentary about the influential public television variety show SOUL!, which ran from 1968 to 1973 and was among the first to celebrate voices in Black literature, poetry, music, and politics.

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Our Time Machine
Film
Our Time Machine
Sep 11—Oct 15, 2020
 
Our Time Machine
Sep 11—Oct 15, 2020
 

A new film that captures the making of Chinese artist Maleonn’s ambitious new theater project in response to learning of his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

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

 

No Data Plan
Film
No Data Plan
Aug 26—Oct 8, 2020
 
No Data Plan
Aug 26—Oct 8, 2020
 

Filipino-American filmmaker Miko Revereza sets out on a three-day Amtrak journey from Los Angeles to New York in this quiet, profound meditation on the “modern fugitivism” of the undocumented experience.

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headcount
Headcount
 
Headcount
 
BAM and Headcount are partnering to make sure you have the information you need to vote in the upcoming election on November 3. Learn about your options to vote by mail, vote early in person, or on election day—and make a plan to cast your ballot.
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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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End of Year 2020
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
BAM relies on individual donations to bring us through this difficult time and into a more imaginative, expansive, and adventurous future. Your gift supports beloved programs for you and countless others.
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REP GEMS
Native Son
Film
Native Son
Sep 24—Oct 22, 2020
 
Native Son
Sep 24—Oct 22, 2020
 

A new, complete restoration of Richard Wright’s bombshell 1940 novel exposing the injustices of urban African-American life brought to the screen.

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From The East
Film
From the East (D’Est)
Sep 24—Oct 29, 2020
 
From the East (D’Est)
Sep 24—Oct 29, 2020
 

A new restoration of Chantal Akerman’s cinematographic elegy, capturing a journey from East Germany to Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, without dialogue or commentary.

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Beau Travail
Film
Beau Travail
Sep 10—Oct 29, 2020
 
Beau Travail
Sep 10—Oct 29, 2020
 

Jealousy and obsession simmer on the sunbaked coast of Djibouti in Denis’ masterpiece, a hypnotically languorous take on Billy Budd which turns the everyday rhythms of military life into a dreamlike erotic ballet.

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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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End of Year 2020
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
BAM relies on individual donations to bring us through this difficult time and into a more imaginative, expansive, and adventurous future. Your gift supports beloved programs for you and countless others.
SUPPORT BAM
 
COMPELLING CONVERSATION
Staceyann Chinn
LITERARY
Staceyann Chin
Part of Unbound
 
Staceyann Chin
Part of Unbound
 
In this clip, the powerhouse poet and spoken word artist performs “Tsunami Rising,” an exploration of the unique weight that Black women have held for centuries. Chin came to BAM late last year to celebrate the launch of her first full-length collection, Crossfire: Litany for Survival.
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FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Min Jin Lee
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
Min Jin Lee
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
In 2019, the National Book Award finalist and author of Pachinko spoke with New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman about political novels, respecting the reader, and her Korean diaspora trilogy.
+ Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation
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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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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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Essex Hemphill
 
Essex Hemphill
 
In this interdisciplinary evening, artists, writers, and activists paid tribute to poet and activist Essex Hemphill, reflecting on his legacy from the 1980s to the present.
+ Co-presented by BAM and PEN America + Part of PEN World Voices Festival
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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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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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM 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
FROM THE BAM HAMM 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
FROM THE BAM HAMM 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
FROM THE BAM HAMM 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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End of Year 2020
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
BAM relies on individual donations to bring us through this difficult time and into a more imaginative, expansive, and adventurous future. Your gift supports beloved programs for you and countless others.
SUPPORT BAM
 
PAST PERFORMANCES
Love From BAM
STREAM
Sincerely, Erik
 
Sincerely, Erik
 
A tender and evocative short film by BAM Member Naz Riahi about a New York City bookseller navigating pandemic isolation as best as he can.
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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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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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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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Bill T Jones
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
Never Records
 
Never Records
 
Out of 65 live performances recorded at BAM (Jan 15—Mar 13)as part of Never Records, artist Ted Riederer selected 13 that capture the spirit of his traveling exhibitinstallation. This featured collection includes album covers, photos, and video.
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dizzy sense
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
“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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM 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
FROM THE BAM HAMM ARCHIVES
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
FROM THE BAM HAMM 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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End of Year 2020
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
BAM relies on individual donations to bring us through this difficult time and into a more imaginative, expansive, and adventurous future. Your gift supports beloved programs for you and countless others.
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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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End of Year 2020
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
BAM relies on individual donations to bring us through this difficult time and into a more imaginative, expansive, and adventurous future. Your gift supports beloved programs for you and countless others.
SUPPORT BAM
 
 
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