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Artist Profiles

Learn more about the artists who have been a part of exhibitions, projects, and residencies at the Hammer through these insightful interviews and profiles.

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Over the course of her long career, Luchita Hurtado has maintained a rigorous commitment to experimentation—with styles, forms, and materials, and across a range of media. Her work was displayed at the Hammer as part of Made in L.A. 2018.

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is the New York–based artist's first museum survey exhibition in the United States. The exhibition traces Tishan Hsu’s key ideas and demonstrates how they clearly resonate in the works of younger artists coming of age today.

In Max Hooper Schneider's work, the artist explores the relationships between philosophy and nature, the personal and the political, destruction and construction, and what he calls nonhuman and human agents. He produced Transfer Station (2019) for Hammer Projects: Max Hooper Schneider.

Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence is the most comprehensive retrospective in 20 years of the work of the American artist Lari Pittman. As both a prolific painter and a long-revered teacher, the Los Angeles–based artist is a strong presence in both the local art community and the international sphere.

The exhibition Living Apart Together highlights the ways in which the Hammer continues to build its collections. Artist Harry Dodge discusses Jim Shaw's Dream Object (I was looking at drawings of successful business men which became increasingly distorted and became a pornographic hedge...) (2002).

Jamilah Sabur is a multidisciplinary artist whose work incorporates performance, video, and installation. Her Hammer Project work, Un chemin escarpé / A steep path (2018), is a five-channel video installation featuring her inner world, from a cricket field in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica to underwater geological features of the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Working across a range of mediums, including painting, print-making, sculpture, collage, sewing, and installation, Tschabalala Self often depicts ample, powerful, and self-contained figures to explore cultural attitudes toward race and gender. See more from her Hammer Project.