In July 2012, we welcomed wild Up, our first orchestra-in-residence.
wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. By mixing traditional classical works, challenging new compositions and indie music, their insightful programming looks to change the experience of the classical concert and reconceptualize the role of an orchestra in its community.
Throughout a performance wild Up creates an active experience for the audience by sharing the contextual and inspirational impetus for their program. The ensemble practices a philosophy of radical-inclusionism: audience members are invited to experience concerts the way that they see fit, and absolutely no music is off limits.
When visiting the museum from July through December visitors encountered vibrant performances, projects, and interactive installations. Stop by to find out what’s possible when an orchestra takes on a museum.
On July 21, 2012 wild Up launched its residency with WEST, the first of three large-scale concerts. WEST explores the west coast’s vast sonic landscape through classical music, jazz, noise, indie-rock, and the avant garde. The program includes works by Ennio Morricone, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Beach Boys, Katy Perry, Magnetic Fields, Harold Budd, Silvestre Revueltas, Stephen Hartke, Arnold Schoenberg and new compositions by wild Up artists.
Read the wild Up blog
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.
wild Up at the Hammer received generous support from Karen Kohl. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement Program is supported through a major grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Shifting Foundation.