Antena and its sister collective, Antena Los Ángeles, explore how cross-language work helps us reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. The collectives’ residency encouraged the Hammer and its visitors to examine their relationships with language and multilingualism. They worked closely with the museum to investigate and foster capacity for language justice through multilingual programs, workshops for staff, and an on-site installation of the AntenaMóvil, a retrofitted Mexican cargo tricycle stocked with multilingual small-press publications and bilingual Libros Antena Books. Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collective, was founded in 2010 by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both writers, artists, literary translators, DIY bookmakers, and activist interpreters. Antena Los Ángeles, dedicated to local language justice organizing, was founded in 2014 by Hofer and Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, a lawyer, organizer-educator, and social justice interpreter.
Public Engagement is currently organized by January Parkos Arnall, curatorial assistant for Public Engagement.
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.