New York Museum of Modern Art & Barbara Hammer announce : WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE Screens, @ MoMA everyday May 26-June 1

Frame from Welcome To This House : Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares

MoMA Presents: Barbara Hammer’s Welcome to This House, a Film on Elizabeth Bishop
May 26–June 1, 2015

Screening Hours
TUE, MAY 26, 7pm  | WED, MAY 27, 4pm
THU, MAY 28, 7pm Filmmaker present
FRI, MAY 29, 4pm | SAT, MAY 30, 7pm
SUN, MAY 31, 5pm | MON, JUN 1, 7pm

With her latest work, Barbara Hammer, who is known for films about lesbian life, history, and sexuality that draw upon avant-garde tradition, examines the little-known aspects of the life of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979). Hammer’s film, shown here in its New York premiere, explores Bishop’s inner life through some of the homes in which she lived and wrote—from childhood to her final days—and through the more private and sensorial poems that were published after her death. Featuring music composed and performed by the experimental singer and musician Joan La Barbara; Bishop’s intimate poems read by Kathleen Chalfont; three actors representing Bishop’s physical presence at different stages of her life; and interviews by historians, poets, and students, Welcome to This House sensitively portrays a complex, private, and challenging writer whose poetry continues to inspire.

Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.