Hammer Blog

  • Gala in the Garden 2015: A First Look

    Gala in the Garden 2015: A First Look

    The Hammer Museum’s courtyard was transformed this evening for our 13th annual Gala in the Garden, honoring two extraordinary individuals—Diane Keaton and Paul McCarthy.

  • Announcing the Discovery Guide

    Announcing the Discovery Guide

    To help families and other visitors create meaningful connections to our artwork, the Hammer Museum created the Discovery Guide. This guide can help lead you to discover all kinds of art and ideas through eye-opening activities. It’s your ticket to exploring the museum in your own way.

  • Where are They Now? Henri Matisse's Jazz

    A highlight from the Hammer Museum’s Grunwald Center Collection is currently on display in the San Diego Museum of Art exhibition The Art of Music. One of the most significant artist’s books of the twentieth century, Henri Matisse’s Jazz was begun by the artist in 1943 and published in 1947.

  • Hammergram: September 2015

    Hammergram: September 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.

  • #AskAnArchivist Day 2015

    #AskAnArchivist Day 2015

    On October 1, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

  • Family Day: A Recap

    Family Day: A Recap

    Families made a statement last Saturday here at the Hammer: art-making, dancing and discovery are for EVERYONE. We welcomed over 1,600 visitors to this year’s Family Day: Community Studio, a program celebrating the risk-taking and discovery that takes place in the artist’s studio.

  • Where are They Now? John Baldessari's Person with Guitar (Red)

    Where are They Now? John Baldessari's Person with Guitar (Red)

    We here at the Hammer Museum are quite fond of music. In fact our music programming is both varied and extensive, from a 2012 residency with an experimental orchestra, wild Up, to our upcoming two day concert as exhibition, ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE, featuring visual artists whose practices extend into sound such as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Odwalla88, Hassan Khan, and Lonnie Holley, among many others. We have even incorporated sound work into our collections, from the ping pong tables on Lindbrook Terrace that are actually a part of our Hammer Contemporary Collection, officially titled A Sound Work for the Hammer Museum by Mark Allen and Chris Kallymyer as Machine Project, to a series of prints by John Baldessari that feature musicians and guitars rendered in vibrant color devoid of detail.

  • Improvising at Family Day

    Improvising at Family Day

    When Olivia Fales, academic programs assistant at the Hammer, asked me for leads on Improv Artists for an upcoming Family Day, I blurted “ME, my team!” There was no hesitation, no thinking twice. The default for good improvisers is “yes, and.” A Museum Educator for ten years and improviser for four, I have long wished for a way to blend my two loves but didn’t quite know how. Being on a team with the best group of players imaginable, I knew it would be not only be possible, but fun to tackle.

  • #AskACurator Day 2015

    #AskACurator Day 2015

    Have you had a burning question for one of our curators? Now is your chance to ask! The Hammer is excited to once again be among 800+ museums from 47 countries participating in #AskACurator Day on Wednesday, September 16!