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 2Hammer 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!
GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET | TUE APR 8, 7:30PM
La Danse follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet, illuminating the administration of the company and the collaborative work of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set, and lighting designers. (2009, Dir. F. Wiseman, 159 min.)
HAVE LUNCH WITH HAIM STEINBACH (NOT REALLY) | WED APR 9, 12:30PM
Take It or Leave It artist Haim Steinbach is the subject of this week’s Lunchtime Art Talks with Aram Moshayedi, curator. 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.
WATCH APPROPRIATED FILMS | WED APR 9, 7:30PM
Like the appropriation artists of the 1980s, many experimental filmmakers of this period were interested in using appropriation to deconstruct the conventions of film. We’re screening 3 of them: Thriller (1979), Cinderella (1986), and Sigmund Freud’s Dora (1979).
FREE YOUR MIND | THU APR 10, 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.
LEARN ABOUT GORE VIDAL | THU APR 10, 7:30PM
Intimate one-on-one interviews with Gore Vidal, commentary by those close to him, and footage from his legendary on-air career create a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the renowned cultural critic. (2013, Dir. N. Wrathall, 89 min.) A Q&A with producer Jodie Evans follows the screening.
SEE AIR DANCERS TAKE OVER OUR COURTYARD | SAT APR 12, 1:00PM
In conjunction with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Minimalist Jukebox festival, The Industry, Los Angeles’ widely-acclaimed experimental opera company, presents an exuberant visualization of Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist composition, In C, at the Hammer. Artistic Director Yuval Sharon’s conceptualization includes icons of everyday life in LA—undulating inflatable figures similar to those adorning car dealerships and other businesses—that will transform the museum’s courtyard into a wildly kinetic environment, while singers and musicians deliver an epic four-hour performance.
WATCH A CLASSIC WITH THE KIDS | SUN APR 13, 11:00AM
Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds shine in perhaps the greatest Hollywood musical of all time. Propelled by a crackling script and exuberantly delightful song-and-dance routines, Kelly is a silent movie star making a trying transition to the talkies, and Reynolds is the chorus girl who complicates the affair. (1952, Dirs. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 35mm, color, 103 min.)