Fritz Haeg's Domestic Integrities part A03: Los Angeles

January 17, 2013

Over the course of four marathon days, the Los Angeles–based artist Fritz Haeg is working in the museum lobby with volunteers and museum visitors to crochet discarded textiles into the traveling Domestic Integrities rug. A display of edibles, medicinals, and herbals fresh from his Los Angeles garden, including offerings of produce and herbal tea infusions, is presented on the rug.

Fritz Haeg. Domestic Integrities part A01New York, 2012. Installation view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Jack Ramunni, Mildred's Lane.

The rug of local textiles is a charged site for testing, performing, and presenting how we want to live. These spiral-stitched circular rugs gradually expand as they travel from city to city. The European edition traveled to Budapest, London, and Vienna before arriving at a yearlong installation at Pollinaria in Abruzzo, Italy. American editions started at Mildred’s Lane in Pennsylvania and the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, coming to the Hammer from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, before continuing to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Berkeley Art Museum.

Domestic Integrities surveys local and seasonal patterns and rituals of interior domestic landscapes, calling attention to the way that we use what we resourcefully find around us to thoughtfully make ourselves at home. Forming a plant-animal-human trilogy with Edible Estates (est. 2005), a series of front-yard food gardens, and Animal Estates (est. 2008), initiatives for urban wildlife architecture, Domestic Integrities focuses on the interior environments of humans and the ways in which local resources are digested into their dwellings.

Visitors may bring their clean discarded clothing, textiles, linens, towels, and sheets to contribute to the effort.


Thursday, March 21 11AM–8PM

Friday, March 22 11AM–8PM

Saturday, March 23 11AM–5PM

Sunday, March 24 11AM–5PM

The Hammer Museum’s Public Engagement Program is supported through a major grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is provided by Karyn Kohl.