Hammer Blog

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • There is where there

    There is where there

    For as long as she can remember, N. Dash (who goes by her surname) has occupied her hands by working small bits of fabric between her fingers. This idiosyncratic activity results in what Dash refers to as “primary source material,” from which all her ideas emerge.

  • 3 Questions with Brian O'Connell

    3 Questions with Brian O'Connell

    In early-May 2000 I arrived at LAX on a flight from JFK. It was my first time here as an adult. I rented a car, consulted the map given to me at Budget and pulled out onto Century or Sepulveda in search of the 405. Lost somewhere near Manchester Blvd, still trying to find the on-ramp, I decided to turn back and start over.

  • 3 Questions with Jmy James Kidd

    3 Questions with Jmy James Kidd

    I had just turned 30, was on tour performing at Redcat, dancing for Neil Greenberg, living in New York. I had some beautiful tasty avocados lined up on my window sill at The Standard and I think they told me I had to live in this place. Every time I came to visit Los Angeles I was surprised how much I liked it here. Maybe it was from growing up in San Francisco, where there was a strong dislike of SoCal -- stealing water / air pollution, bubble heads, valley girls! I didn't want to leave New York but Los Angeles beckoned and so I came.

  • Capturing You in L.A.

    Capturing You in L.A.

    Between the museum store and elevator there is a space that Hammer staff has fondly designated “the Nook.” Formerly an underutilized area that housed a small comment box tucked away in the corner, the Nook has grown into an active participatory space for visitors to share ideas, reflections, and feedback generated from their experience at the Hammer Museum.

  • 3 Questions with Max Maslansky

    3 Questions with Max Maslansky

    I love the weather here, its large community of artists, and I like how you can walk around in your pajamas without feeling judged. The city doesn't offer the best of itself on a platter. It demands your effort to know it, even for me, who was born and raised here.

  • 3 Questions with Harry Dodge

    3 Questions with Harry Dodge

    I love California. I was born in SF and lived there a long time as a young adult (after growing up in the Mid-West) it took me way too long to get down here. But now I thrive in the hotted-up glow of L.A., the way the wilderness and congestion cross-pollinate. It's appalling, dissonant, thrilling, provocative. I've always identified with the history of art-making here, in its breadth. From bodies to boxes, I appreciate the gamut.

  • 3 Questions with Jibade-Khalil Huffman

    3 Questions with Jibade-Khalil Huffman

    The short answer is I came here for school. But I'd been coming here for a few years before that for various projects. Certainly the landscape is conducive to making the kinds of photographs and videos that I make.

  • 3 Questions with Piero Golia

    3 Questions with Piero Golia

    Frank Lloyd Wright said "Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." I didn't consciously moved to L.A. to work, actually when I first arrived I didn't work at all, I was spending my days driving around, exploring the city. Then manifest destiny.

  • 3 Questions with Marcia Hafif

    3 Questions with Marcia Hafif

    I was born in Los Angeles County, in Pomona, studied art at Pomona College, Claremont Graduate School, and began my painting "career" living in West Hollywood. It was just natural.

  • 3 Questions with Lecia Dole-Recio

    3 Questions with Lecia Dole-Recio

    Part of me says: Where else in the U.S. would a gay, Mexican goth live and make art? It’s true. My wife and I are originally from California. We’re like homing pigeons, keep returning to what’s familiar. We’ve found amazing makers and thinkers here.