There’s no better time to visit the Hammer than the present. Not only are we in our THIRD month of free admission (yes, for everyone, and yes, at all times), but we also have 2 incredible shows up: Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology and Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914 (in addition to 2 Hammer Projects shows). This spring, we expanded our Hammer Kids program, and now offer family programming every week. The Hammer offers a wide range of free public programs, and this week is no exception. Spend your week with us!
HAVE LUNCH WITH GLENN LIGON (NOT REALLY) | WED APR 16, 12:30PM
Take It or Leave It artist Glenn Ligon is the subject of this week’s Lunchtime Art Talks with Marcela C. Guerrero, Hammer curatorial fellow. Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30PM. The Hammer’s curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections.
CELEBRATE ARMENIAN MUSIC | WED APR 16, 7:30PM
Members of the newly formed Armenian Music Ensemble at UCLA, soprano Vanessa Vasquez, and the VEM String Quartet present a chamber music program of masterworks of Armenian classical music by Spendiaryan, Mirzoyan, and Komitas in commemoration of the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
FREE YOUR MIND | THU APR 17, 12:30PM
Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the Billy Wilder Theater.
ATTEND A POETRY READING | THU APR 17, 7:30PM
Kevin Young is the author of Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times notable book for 2012, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and winner of the PEN Open Award. His new volume of poems is Book of Hours.