THE 17TH ANNUAL
AURORA AWARD DINNER
HONORING BARBARA HAMMER
Thursday, October 26, 2017 (6-9PM)
Chairs: Lillian and Bob Warren
Aurora Picture Show - 2442 Bartlett Street
Purchase tickets/tables at the bottom of this page
Cocktails at 6pm
Dinner at 7pm
Screening & Award Presentation at 8pm
Each year, Aurora Picture Show honors an artist who has exhibited extraordinary originality in the field of moving image art. The honoree of this year's 17th annual Aurora Award is legendary film and video artist Barbara Hammer. Hammer will be in attendance for a gala dinner on October 26, chaired by Lillian and Bob Warren, where she will be honored by Aurora curator Mary Magsamen and given an original work created in appreciation by Houston filmmaker and educator Tish Stringer. A sampling of Hammer’s fantastic work will be screened for attendees of the event, and dinner will be provided by City Kitchen Catering.
The Aurora Award both promotes awareness of nontraditional media arts and supports the organization’s unique, year-round programming (including film festivals, thematic screenings, performances, installations, site-specific works, and educational programs.) Past recipients of the Aurora Award include artists Laurie Anderson, Tony Oursler, William Wegman, Isaac Julien, Miranda July, Ant Farm, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Doug Aitken, Christian Marclay, Joan Jonas, Laurie Simmons, Bill Viola, Carolee Schneemann, and Oscar Muñoz.
This year's attendees will also have the chance to bid on a framed 11 x 26” archival inkjet print of Barbara Hammer’s photographic work Sea Change: Boat Wake, graciously donated by the artist to be sold in a silent auction benefitting the City of Houston’s Harvey Relief Fund. This artist proof is from Hammer’s The Plastic Sea series of work shot in and around Stockolm.
ABOUT 2017 HONOREE, BARBARA HAMMER
Since the early-1970s, Hammer’s work has explored issues relating to women, gender roles, sexuality, lesbian relationships, and, in recent years, coping with family and age. Having created the earliest and most extensive body of avant-garde films on lesbian life and sexuality, Hammer is revered as a pioneer of queer cinema, a compassionate feminist, and an elder innovative media artist. After four decades and nearly 100 film, video, and performative works, Hammer retains both her avant-garde sensibility and the personal vitality that drives it. She remains as vital a visionary as ever. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her 2015 film Welcome To This House about the homes, loves, and struggles of poet Elizabeth Bishop. A new generation has been inspired by Hammer’s groundbreaking body of work via recent retrospectives at MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Jeau de Paume (Paris), Toronto International Film Festival, Ujazdowski (Warsaw), and Museum Sztuki MS2 (Lodz). And just this year, Hammer has worked with New York-based non-profit Queer Art to establish an ongoing annual grant supporting the projects of lesbian filmmakers.
Purchase Aurora Award Dinner Tickets/Tables:
Major Underwriter (Couple) - $3,000.
Includes VIP seating for two at the table of honored guest Barbara Hammer at the Aurora Award Dinner, as well as two invitations to an intimate welcome dinner for the artist hosted by the event chairs. Also includes Aurora Award VIP gift bags and name recognition online and in printed materials.
Major Underwriter (Individual) - $1,500.
Includes VIP seating for one at the table of honored guest Barbara Hammer at the Aurora Award Dinner, as well as invitation to an intimate welcome dinner for the artist hosted by the event chairs. Also includes Aurora Award VIP gift bag and name recognition online and in printed materials.
Benefactor Table - $2,500.
Includes preferred table seating for six people at Aurora Award Dinner, as well as invitations for two people to an intimate welcome dinner for the artist hosted by the event chairs. Also includes Aurora Award VIP gift bags and names recognzed in online and printed materials. (Only four available.)
Individual - $350 ($300 for Aurora members)
Seating for one at the Aurora Award Dinner.
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