Hammer Blog

  • How Can a Museum Foster a Spirit of Giving?

    How Can a Museum Foster a Spirit of Giving?

    November and December have long been associated with a season of giving. At the Hammer Museum, you can immerse yourself in the giving spirit by participating in a project that positively impacts an overlooked segment of our population—incarcerated youth.

  • Join Us as a Delegate in the People's United Nations

    Join Us as a Delegate in the People's United Nations

    Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’s project The People’s United Nations (pUN) is an experimental gathering of volunteer delegates connected by family ties or by birth to the 195 members and observer states of the United Nations.

  • Art + Practice

    Art + Practice

    With support from the James Irvine Foundation, the Hammer will develop a model for collaborative, offsite arts programming with Art + Practice Foundation (A+P), a new art and social service organization in Leimert Park created by the artist Mark Bradford, the philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton, and the social activist Allan DiCastro.

  • John V. Tunney Bridge over the Hammer Courtyard

    John V. Tunney Bridge over the Hammer Courtyard

    Opening in February 2015 at the Hammer Museum, the John V. Tunney Bridge will connect the upper level galleries over the Hammer Courtyard. The pedestrian bridge will improve visitors’ experience by creating a straight path from the Temporary Galleries in the western portion of the building to the Permanent Galleries in the eastern portion.

  • AMMO Recipes: Rustic Apple Tarts

    AMMO Recipes: Rustic Apple Tarts

    The chefs at AMMO are excited to share their favorite recipes with you so that you can make them at home (and of course still enjoy them when you visit the Hammer). This Rustic Apple Tart is AMMO's November dessert special, and the perfect dessert to add to your Thanksgiving spread.

  • Telescope: China | Oliver Herring

    Telescope: China | Oliver Herring

    Oliver Herring was born in Germany and now lives and works in New York. He is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been featured in international art magazines and exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Aichi Triennale 2010, Nagoya, Japan, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, 10th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy, among others.

  • Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges, Part 2

    Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges, Part 2

    The mirror that India held up to me demanded me to reevaluate so many things, starting from very simple things like crossing the street to more complicated issues, such as my relationship to currency and money and power. Deeper still were reflections on permanence and impermanence, creation, death and life, and undamental beliefs and spirituality. There is this spectrum of experience there, from the mundane to the very heavy.

  • PLUS Perks: Coffee Talk!

    PLUS Perks: Coffee Talk!

    Enjoy coffee, tea, and other light refreshments while getting a closer look at one of the most iconoclastic photographers in American history. Join Hammer curators Cynthia Burlingham and Leslie Cozzi as they take members on an intimate tour of Robert Heinecken: Object Matter on Sunday November 16 at 10AM, before the Museum opens to the general public.

  • Cameron Crowe Honors Joni Mitchell

    Cameron Crowe Honors Joni Mitchell

    Whenever I’m asked, it’s an easy answer. My best interview was Joni Mitchell’s first interview in a decade. But utter honesty is a given. It’s the active ingredient in everything she does. By putting pen to paper, or brush to canvas, Joni speaks with a sly, up-to-the-minute, funny, and soulful personal truth that always feels like it’s created just for us. Nobody captures the feeling of love, the minefields of romance, the joy, and the aching beauty of the human experience, like Joni.

  • The Short Films of Yuri Ancarani

    The Short Films of Yuri Ancarani

    In the Italian filmmaker Yuri Ancarani’s trilogy of short films titled La malattia del ferro (The disease of iron; 2010–12), viewers are ushered into the hidden worlds of three very distinct and extremely specialized occupations: marble miners, scuba divers, and surgeons. The title refers to a syndrome something like cabin fever, in which workers who have spent a lot of time at sea have trouble adjusting to life on dry land. The laborers in each of these films appear to be completely removed from ordinary life. They are everyday heroes, alone together, just the workers and the machines that they rely on to do their work.