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The Melt Goes On Forever

  •   Judd Tully & Harold Crooks
  •   United States, Canada

This striking portrait chronicles the career of the elusive African American artist and provocateur David Hammons. Born in Springfield, Ill., Hammons emerged as a powerful aesthetic force out of L.A.’s Watts Rebellion in 1965 and grew to become a globally recognized, category-defying figure whose radical work—featuring, among other things, brown paper bags, fried chicken wings, and snowballs—was rooted in a deep critique of American society and the art world elite. As Manthia Diawara once wrote in Artforum, “Like the work of his heroes Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk, Hammons’ art is decidedly anti-art.” Featuring eminent artists and curators, a trove of archival footage and animated sequences, and an evocative soundscape, The Melt Goes on Forever paints a rich and illuminating picture of one of the most singular artists of our time.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Directors Harold Crooks and Judd Tully and producer Andrew Mer


Film Patron

Gary Metzner and Scott Johnson

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Cultural Supporters

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Event Information

Sunday, October 16, 2022

  •   101 minutes
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601



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