Hammer Blog

  • Lunchtime Art Talk Recap: Brasília at the Hammer

    Lunchtime Art Talk Recap: Brasília at the Hammer

    On Wednesday July 30, I had the pleasure of delivering a Lunchtime Art Talk to a group of Hammer Museum enthusiasts about Clarissa Tossin’s installation Brasília, Cars, Pools, and other Modernities. I met Clarissa around 2010 in Houston, Texas, when the car (the central piece of the artwork) was still in Brazil—in her parent’s garage to be more precise—and the thought of one day bringing the car to the United States was a dream wrapped in a logistical headache.

  • Notes Toward a Lunchtime Art Talk: Mariah Garnett's Full Burn

    Notes Toward a Lunchtime Art Talk: Mariah Garnett's Full Burn

    The four questions that Mariah Garnett posed to her interview subjects: Have you ever been injured on set or at war? Have you ever been afraid for your life (on set or at war)? What are the parallels between being a soldier and being a stuntman? Was there ever a time on set that reminded you of being in combat or in the military?

  • 5 Things I Learned from Tent: Museums

    5 Things I Learned from Tent: Museums

    When is an object art and when is it artifact? How can a permanent collection be both comprehensive and flexible? How does the cultural territory around a museum impact its mission and purpose? How can museums be both culturally specific and expansive at the same time?