For her Hammer Residency, Dara Friedman is preparing for and shooting a new 8mm film. Friedman is best known for her film and video installations that employ techniques of structuralist filmmaking. This new film is a follow up to her film Dancer (2011), which will be shown for her upcoming Hammer Projects exhibition (January 19 – April 14, 2013). An exploration of movement, Dancer is a captivating black-and-white 16mm film that follows over 50 performers dancing through the sidewalks and streets of Miami, practicing a multitude of dance styles from ballet to hip-hop to ballroom dancing and salsa. Together with Dancer and Musical (2007-2008), commissioned by the Public Art Fund, which captured spontaneous actions orchestrated across Manhattan, the three projects form a loose trilogy exploring ideas of movement and public and private spaces.
Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
The Hammer Museum's Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from the James Irvine Foundation