IS IT ART? OR JUST NUDIES?

Sex and art meet via film, TV and video in Nudes Descending a Staircase, the third and final chapter of the Hammer Museum's "Larry Johnson Film Series." On the menu: Video artist Joe Sola takes a roller-coaster ride with gay porn stars in his 2002 short, Riding With Adult Video Performers. Directors Richard Ballentine and Gordon Sheppard document swinging Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at his polyamorous peak in 1963's The Most. Nudity and grooviness come guaranteed in Nude Groovy Guy, courtesy of pioneering gay filmmaker Pat Rocco. And, in an episode of his 1972 ABC sitcom, Hollywood square Paul Lynde protests the production of a nude musical called Oh, Bombay!, only to end up onstage as one of the "nudie looneys."
Tue., Aug. 25, 7 p.m., 2009