Benjamin Christiansen’s excellent silent docu-drama about the history of belief in witchcraft screens in conjuction with the current Houseguest exhibition at the Hammer Museum. This is the secoond in the series “The Witching Hour: Three Screenings Co-curated by Francesca Gabbiani.” Los Angeles-based artist Francesca Gabbiani has selected an eclectic range of works on paper, many from UCLA’s own collections, that explore the subjects of witchcraft and sorcery–themes that are often subtly evoked in her own work. The works selected include drawings, prints and illustrated books ranging in date from the Renaissance to the present.
To complement this exhibit (on view at the Hammer through May 24), the artist and the UCLA Film & Television Archive have co-curated three evenings of film screenings (two with live musical accompaniment) that explore similarly occult themes. Two iconic films about witchcraft will be screened: Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s haunting Day of Wrath (1943) and the legendary Häxan (1922), by Benjamin Christensen–presented in a gloriously restored and tinted print from Sweden. The program concludes with an eclectic mix of short works from the silent era through the 1960s, including Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969).
Free Admission. There will be a live electronic score performed by Eddie Ruscha.
Location: Billy Wilder Theater – Hammer Museum – 10899 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024 310.206.8013
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Date: May 13 at 7:30pm