Hammer Blog

  • Hammergram: October 2014

    Hammergram: October 2014

    It’s the end of the month, so it’s time for Hammergram! We are fascinated by the photos our visitors take of the objects and spaces at the Hammer. That’s why we decided to launch Hammergram–a monthly round-up of our favorite visitor photos–in the hopes that they will inspire you to share your own Hammer experience with us!

  • Darryl Curran Remembers Robert Heinecken

    Darryl Curran Remembers Robert Heinecken

    Darryl Curran, a former student and long-time friend of Robert Heinecken, received his MA from UCLA in 1964. Since then, his work has been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Modern Art. In conjunction with the exhibition Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, Curran offers an intimate reflection on Heinecken’s life and work. Curran’s photodiary, culled from his own collection of photos and mementos, offers a rare glimpse into Heinecken’s personality outside the classroom. Featuring snapshots from important conferences and private events, from the annual meetings of the Society for Photographic Education to Heinecken’s own memorial service, the images below demonstrate Heinecken’s centrality to the Southern California photographic community he helped create.

  • The Contenders at the Hammer Museum and Museum of Modern Art

    The Contenders at the Hammer Museum and Museum of Modern Art

    The Hammer is thrilled to present the Museum of Modern Art's renowned exhibition of films,The Contenders, this winter. MoMA's annual end-of-the-year series offers filmgoers the opportunity to see recently released films that are bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, often accompanied by post-screening discussions with directors and actors.

  • Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin Pt. 2

    Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin Pt. 2

    Past Hammer Projects artist Chen Qiulin’s installation at Telescope has continued to grow as more porcelain ‘zhezhi’ (folded paper objects) have arrived from the Jingdezhen porcelain factory in southern China. The title of the piece, 14,235, is also the number of individual pieces in the work of art. She has divided the work into two installations, one at Telescope in Beijing and the other at her solo exhibition at 1000 Plateaus Gallery in Chengdu, which also includes photos, sculptures, and the 7 channel video installation Empty City. The white wall installation photos are from Telescope and the dark wall installation photos are from 1000 Plateaus.

  • Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges

    Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges

    “I love sculpture,” Jim Hodges says. “Fundamentally, though, I am a ‘drawer.’ But I love spatial relationships and dimensionality. I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” Over the course of three years, the artist and Walker Executive Director Olga Viso delved into Hodges’ life, artistic practice, and influences, touching on topics prevalent in his work, from love and politics to language, spirituality, and mortality. Excerpted from the exhibition catalogue Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, here’s a sampling from their discussions.

  • Limited Edition Artist-Designed Temporary Tattoos

    Limited Edition Artist-Designed Temporary Tattoos

    The Hammer Museum announces a benefit limited edition of temporary tattoos by artists John Baldessari, Friedrich Kunath, Dave Muller, Laura Owens, and Raymond Pettibon. Created to support the Museum’s annual family fundraiser, K.A.M.P. (Kid’s Art Museum Project), each artist designed a 5 x 7 sheet of temporary tattoos.

  • Gala in the Garden 2014

    Gala in the Garden 2014

    The Hammer Museum’s courtyard was transformed this evening for our 12th annual Gala in the Garden, honoring artist Mark Bradford and musician and cultural icon Joni Mitchell. In celebration of these extraordinary individuals, we welcomed cultural luminaries and civic leaders, as well as renowned artists, premier collectors, and devoted patrons of the arts. The evening included a viewing of current exhibitions and cocktails followed by a seated dinner, catered by Suzanne Goin of Lucques. We were thrilled to once again have the generous support of Bottega Veneta. Scroll down for a first look at the faces and fashions of Gala in the Garden 2014.

  • Telescope: China | Ma Qingyun

    Telescope: China | Ma Qingyun

    Ma Qingyun, considered to be one of the most influential designers and architects in the world, presents new sculptures at Telescope of pink neon entitled Lite-urbanism. Ma suggests a new urbanism by reducing form and function to simple calligraphic lines in the fragile light of neon. These works, “whimsical” yet “alien,” are based on Ma’s un-built architectural projects.

  • Dr. Pozzi Comes Home

    Dr. Pozzi Comes Home

    Last Friday, October 3, the Armand Hammer Collection reopened in galleries newly designed to show off the museum’s impressive array of old master and 19th Century paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The product of months of careful planning by curator Cynthia Burlingham, exhibition designer Peter Gould, and colorist Scott Flax, along with a dedicated team of Hammer staff, the new installation situates this diverse selection of works within galleries that seamlessly combine contemporary and historical elements.

  • Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin

    Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin

    Since Cai Lun greatly improved paper production during the Eastern Han Dynasty, 25-220 AD, by using cheaper materials and making it more accessible to the common people, zhezhi, or paper folding, and Jianzhi, paper cutting, have had important ceremonial and decorative roles in Chinese society and culture.