Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle

An American Cinematheque Retrospective


Cremaster 4 / Cremaster 1
Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles
Sunday, June 16, 2024 | 12 pm


Cremaster 5 / Cremaster 2
Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles
Sunday, June 30, 2024 | 1 pm


Cremaster 3 + Discussion with artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | 7 pm



The American Cinematheque and Regen Projects are pleased to announce a retrospective screening of Matthew Barney's seminal film series, The Cremaster Cycle.


Spanning over three decades, Barney’s oeuvre is notably unencumbered by form; he has expressed his vision through drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and of course, filmmaking. A former athlete, Barney’s artistic projects often explore new ways of thinking about the body, utilizing custom prosthetics, elaborate costuming, and unconventional materials to produce avant-garde narratives and imagery. The Cremaster Cycle is a five-film anthology, shot out of order, that has spawned accompanying works in sculpture, photography, and installation. Barney’s filmic narratives move beyond biology to explore creation through other disciplines—from mythology to geology—yet often return to the stage of development before sexual differentiation, a moment in which all outcomes are possible.


Join the American Cinematheque for a screening series presenting all of the works in The Cremaster Cycle, and visit Barney’s newest film and installation, SECONDARY: commencement, on view at Regen Projects through August 17, 2024.