The Female Closet | Chicago Reader

The Female Closet

Barbara Hammer's video, closer to a mainstream documentary than her earlier avant-garde work, is an engaging exploration of the complex lives of three women artists. Turn-of-the-century photographer Alice Austen was apparently lesbian—her photos alone are good evidence, and Hammer offers much more—yet the keepers of her museum want to deny it. The inspired and poetic collage artist Hannah Höch had affairs with men and at least one woman, and young New Yorker Nicole Eisenman makes explicitly lesbian paintings. Hammer treats each with affection, even as she reveals some of the contradictions of their lives.

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