Barbara Hammer

Moving Image, 2000

Barbara Hammer is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films/videos for which she received the prestigious Frameline Award for making a significant contribution to lesbian and gay cinema. Hammer has completed seven features in seven years. Her trilogy of experimental documentaries on lesbian and gay histories is already considered classic cinema: Nitrate Kisses, Tender Fictions and History Lessons. Hammer is an artist leader in Creative Capital's Professional Development Program.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: Company Gallery, New York City, presents their second one woman exhibition of the work of visual artist Barbara Hammer focusing on her black and white photography from the 10970s. Oct. 21-Nov. 19, 2017.

2017: Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies retrospective at the Leslie Lohman Gay and Lesbian Museum in New York City, Oct. 7, 2017 - January 18, 2018 features paintings, drawings, installations, photography, collage, film and video and spans nearly 50 years of the artists career.

2017: "Sanctus," 1990, selected for "Intuition" at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, May 13 - November 26, 2017 during the Venice Biennale.


Hammer presents "Have A Crush," an exhibition of collages and photography at KOW-Berlin 


American Originals Now: Barbara Hammer; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. June 20-28


Barbara Hammer Company 88 Eldridge Street September 13 - October 11, 2015 Opening Reception: Sunday, September 13, 6-8 p.m.   Lesbian Whale: Early Drawings and Paintings  


Hammer receives a Guggenheim Fellowship


Hammer is an artist-in-residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Studio Residency


Hammer’s new book HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life wins the Judy Grahn Award for Best Lesbian Nonfiction from The Publishing Triangle

2010: Hammer receives IASPIS residency in Stockholm and Gothenberg

2010: Barbara Hammer is a featured film artist in the newly released publication, _Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art_

2010: Hammer is honored with a retrospective film exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York

2008: Hammer receives Frameline Completion and Finishing Grant

2004: Hammer receives Aesthetic Award in Documentary Category at AsoloArt Film Festival in Italy

2004: Hammer receives New York State Council on the Arts grant

2003: Hammer receives Peace Prize at first Global Peace Film Festival

2001: Hammer receives Rockefeller Residency in Bellagio