Hammer Blog

  • Lunchtime Art Talk Recap: David Rodes on Diane Arbus

    Lunchtime Art Talk Recap: David Rodes on Diane Arbus

    Of all the arts, photography seems both the most intrusive and the most nearly documentary. Its seeming “realness” makes photography feel more aggressive in breaking through barriers of politeness, propriety, and privacy. Perhaps it just shares such intrusiveness--and its accompanying sense of disjunctive irony—with the modern and contemporary society that it reflects.

  • #AskACurator Day 2014

    #AskACurator Day 2014

    What's it like to be a curator? How do you decide what to display? Just how did you get a car into the lobby for Made in L.A. 2014? 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 300+ museums from 34 countries participating in #AskACurator Day on Wednesday, September 17!

  • 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.