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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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Chief preparator Jason Pugh cooks up two eggs for Sarah Lucas's Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab, part of the 2019 exhibition Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel.

Mining his personal history and cultural identity, Petrit Halilaj constructs whimsical worlds inhabited by fantastical creatures and reimagined relics.

In 2014, The Hammer Museum welcomed four highly respected Tibetan Buddhist monks to create an elaborate sand mandala in the lobby gallery.

Paper is central to artist Zarina's practice, both as a surface to print on and as a material with its own properties and history. The concept of home-whether personal, geographic, national, spiritual, or familial-resonates throughout her retrospective, Zarina: Paper Like Skin.

Artist and composer Aaron Taylor Kuffner installed a kinetic sculpture, inspired by traditional Indonesian Gamelan, at the Hammer in 2017. Learn more about Kuffner's Gamelatron Sanctuary.

Trained as a painter, Mary Reid Kelley creates narrative videos set within her own stylized black and white drawings. Her work was displayed at the Hammer as part of Hammer Projects: Mary Reid Kelley.

Mercedes Dorame uses photography as a way to explore, reimagine, and connect to her Gabrielino–Tongva tribal culture and bring visibility to the contemporary indigenous experience. Her work was displayed at the Hammer as part of Made in L.A. 2018.

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.