Night Gallery

THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH

Rachel Mason’s The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a film and a live performance. The artist sings live as a fantastic costume drama set only loosely in the Great Depression era plays out behind her. The film grew out of a coincidence: a serial killer named Hamilton Fish and a statesman with the exact same name both died the same day in 1936. Articles about both deaths appeared together on the front page of the same Hudson Valley paper. In Mason’s retelling, she inhabits both their psyches, and the facts of their lives blur together and veer toward fantasy: there are dances in gazebos, strangely painted faces, songs about fish out of water, about the killer's self-doubt. — Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly

JUL 20, 08 - 10PM , 2016