Sunday, April 16 at 1pm | 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. 

Awards & Nominations

Official Selection - Chicago International Film Festival

expo chicagoThe Film Center is proud to partner with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, as it celebrates its tenth-anniversary edition this April 13-16 at Navy Pier and throughout the city. The films presented in this collaboration profile contemporary artists, illustrating how their identities and lived experiences are inextricably linked to their work and their perspectives on the art world. Learn more about EXPO CHICAGO at

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