February 14

Lesbian Hands

A selection of Barbara Hammer’s films


Multiple Orgasm (1976)

Sync Touch (1981)

Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of AIDS (1988)

History of the World According to a Lesbian (1988)

Lesbian Hands is a roughly 56-minute long selection of Barbara Hammer’s films that focus on her hands in relationship to touch and her process of film/video making – the act of seeing and touching through both the lens and the fingertips. Hammer often refers to hands as a sexual organ.

Lesbian Hands is organized by Carmel Curtis and Staci Bu Shea.

Barbara Hammer is recognized as a pioneer of queer cinema. A visual artist working primarily in film and video, Hammer has created a groundbreaking body of experimental work that illuminates lesbian histories, lives and representations. States Hammer, "My work makes these invisible bodies and histories visible. As a lesbian artist, I found little existing representation, so I put lesbian life on this blank screen, leaving a cultural record for future generations."

Barbara Hammer was born in 1939 in Hollywood, California. She lives and works in New York.