Hammer Blog

  • Game On!

    Game On!

    The Hammer is excited to introduce Game On, a new mini-series of programs that seeks to engage families with works of art through a variety of games. This past weekend families engaged with Sound piece for the Hammer Museum, an artwork in the form of ping-pong tables, at our first ever Hammer Kids Ping-Pong Tournament.

  • Silence and Anger in Daumier’s Rue Transnonain

    Silence and Anger in Daumier’s Rue Transnonain

    Honoré Daumier was a prominent French printmaker during the 19th century. Known for his prolific body of work—over 4,000 lithographs—Daumier shaped French satire with his acerbic wit and keen observations. Drawing from current events, his caricatures and satirical images—depicting everyone from King Louis Philippe to a cuckolded husband—critique the social and political life of France at the time.

  • Gala in the Garden 2016: A First Look

    Gala in the Garden 2016: A First Look

    The Hammer Museum’s courtyard was transformed this evening for our 14th annual Gala in the Garden, honoring Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes, artists admired for their fearless risk-taking and for their singular yet deeply influential voices. Masters of their respective mediums, they continually push boundaries and garner praise for their exquisite sense of craft.

  • Telescope: China | Li Zhenwei

    Telescope: China | Li Zhenwei

    At a first glance, Li’s paintings might look simply repetitive, and they are to the degree of PI, but they are not identical, either. Their simplicity belies their almost mystical depth. There is a spiritual presence in the paintings, and like spirit, one cannot really tell how it operates or where it comes from. Li’s paintings are transcendent, solid, and always changing, which time reveals.

  • Big Bugs, Big Problems

    Big Bugs, Big Problems

    In the 1950s era of over-the-top science-fiction and horror films, the giant insect film invaded theaters with a bug-eyed, tentacled fury. Beginning with Them! in 1954, many movies placed small-town Americans at the mercy of enormous creepy-crawlies that could only be vanquished with the use of military force.