Hammer Museum at Art + Practice
With support from the James Irvine Foundation, the Hammer will develop a model for collaborative, offsite arts programming with Art + Practice Foundation (A+P), a new art and social service organization in Leimert Park created by the artist Mark Bradford, the philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton, and the social activist Allan DiCastro.
Beginning in February into fall 2016, the museum will organize exhibitions and programs at the A+P campus through its first Public Engagement Partnership. In February, in connection with Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 at the Hammer Museum, Art + Practice will show Charles Gaines’s Librettos: Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael in the gallery at A+P in Leimert Park. Employing a systems-based conceptualism that Gaines has long embraced and highlighting the enduring influence of composer John Cage’s experiments with chance, the new 12-part body of work brings together the score of a tragic love story, the opera La Vida Breve (circa 1904) by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, and a fiery 1964 speech by the civil rights activist and Black Panther Party member Stokely Carmichael. The unexpected combination of music and text foregrounds the universality of long-standing class and racial struggles and the power of music to bridge difference.
Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael is organized by Anne Ellegood, Hammer senior curator, and Jamillah James, Hammer assistant curator.
Art + Practice is located at 4339 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008.
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.
Tags: Public Engagement, Art + Practice, Charles Gaines, Mark Bradford