In fall 2011, Kate Pocrass used the Hammer Calendar, the museum’s magazine, as an art space, to debut an insert in which she revealed the little known details of Hammer staff and visitors.
Kate Pocrass resides in San Francisco, California. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her MFA degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She produces both independent and collaborative projects dealing with pedestrian culture and social sculpture. She draws on the anonymity of daily experience, reveling in common moments that unwittingly happened upon us each day. She develops systematic interaction through socially attuned and ephemeral projects in the public sphere. Her work is often encountered outside the gallery via hotlines, bus tours, audio tours, and participatory websites.
She has been awarded two Cultural Equity grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission to help self publish the books Mundane Journeys and Mundane Field Guide to Color. She is a recipient of the Fleishhacker Foundation 2008 Eureka Fellowship. She has exhibited work at Southern Exposure, Rena Bransten Gallery, AIA, Spanganga, Pond, New Langton Arts, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, University of California at Davis, Nelson Gallery, Artists Space in New York City, Foundation De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Rooseum in Malmo, Sweden, and participated in the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach.
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.