Hammer Blog

  • Represent Your Country at the People's United Nations

    Represent Your Country at the People's United Nations

    The Hammer Museum and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes are reconvening the United Nations—using regular people rather than diplomats, and theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor rather than diplomacy. With 195 nation states represented, this is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary range of people, laugh a lot, and learn about global issues and alternative conflict-resolution and social change techniques.

  • Pedro Reyes and The People’s United Nations

    Pedro Reyes and The People’s United Nations

    If recent headlines are a reliable barometer of the state of the world— “43 Missing Students, a Mass Grave and a Suspect: Mexico’s Police”; “Egyptian Judges Drop All Charges against Mubarak”; “Boehner Says Obama’s Immigration Action Damages Presidency”; “U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming”— then it seems that we are living in an age of intense violence, unbridled corruption, purposeful gridlock, and such persistent environmental degradation that frequent drought, flooding, and hurricanes have become the new normal.

  • CLOSE TO HOME: Spotlight on Local Artists at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2015 | Edie Fake

    CLOSE TO HOME: Spotlight on Local Artists at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2015 | Edie Fake

    On many occasions I have packed up my self-published wares and made the trek to Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair. Highlights of those trips have included exhibiting and selling my work alongside likeminded individuals, meeting artists and publishers, watching the non-stop parade of cute guys, making new friends, and actively participating in an international community of art book devotees.

  • 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.