Hammer Blog

  • On View at the Café: Petra Cortright

    On View at the Café: Petra Cortright

    Petra Cortright’s short videos of the seemingly frivolous activities of a Millennial generation woman perfectly capture the motivations behind the innumerable homemade videos that are available online on popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

  • Telescope: China | He Wei

    Telescope: China | He Wei

    He Wei’s mysterious abstractions investigate interior landscapes of the mind and heart. Through a process of applying many translucent layers of oil paint onto canvases lying on the floor random expressionistic color fields are created sometimes with broken geometric structures floating on the surface.

  • Lauren Bon's "Devices of Wonder"

    Lauren Bon's "Devices of Wonder"

    Lauren Bon founded Metabolic Studio, the central hub for her art practice, in 2005 to create site-specific “devices of wonder” around issues of profound societal and environmental importance. From the earliest days of the studio, water in Los Angeles has been a subject of investigation.

  • Hammergram: March 2015

    Hammergram: March 2015

    It's the end of the month, so it's time once again for Hammergram! We are fascinated by the photos our visitors take of the objects and spaces at the Hammer. Hammergram is a monthly round-up of our favorite visitor photos in the hopes that it will inspire you to share your own Hammer experience with us.

  • Lunchtime Art Talk Recap: David Rodes on George Bellows

    Lunchtime Art Talk Recap: David Rodes on George Bellows

    I want to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I—the so-called “Great War,’ and “the war to end all wars,” and pose some questions about the “dark art” of propaganda and its intersections with documentation and art making.

  • Building Family Time with Build-A-Bike

    Building Family Time with Build-A-Bike

    As a parent of young children (3 & 6), I’m always looking for fun, interesting, and educational activities to do locally. And when they’re reasonably priced–or even free–all the better! Enter the Hammer Kids programs at the Hammer Museum. We discovered these events a few months ago, and we’re completely hooked.

  • Telescope: China | Chinese New Year 2015

    Telescope: China | Chinese New Year 2015

    I normally travel to a friend’s home in the country for the Chinese New Year festivities but this year I stayed in Beijing. It’s wonderful but a little strange at the same time to be in here or any big Chinese city during the Spring Festival.

  • Represent Your Country at the People's United Nations

    Represent Your Country at the People's United Nations

    The Hammer Museum and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes are reconvening the United Nations—using regular people rather than diplomats, and theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor rather than diplomacy. With 195 nation states represented, this is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary range of people, laugh a lot, and learn about global issues and alternative conflict-resolution and social change techniques.