Hammer Blog

  • EJ Hill and the Summer of Silence

    EJ Hill and the Summer of Silence

    In the third week of June, students from 826LA’s Summer Writers Workshop visited for a day of writing at Made in L.A. Through curriculum and writing prompts developed in collaboration between 826LA staff and the Hammer, students explored and responded to work by EJ Hill, Aaron Fowler, Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh, and Lauren Halsey.

  • Turning to Art for Hope, Sanctuary, and Solace

    Turning to Art for Hope, Sanctuary, and Solace

    I've spent a lot of time in the days since the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting thinking about how to process the pain I was feeling, am feeling, and how others process their pain. Knowing I'd be returning to work on Monday, I also thought about the role of art in moments like this.

  • 50 Years of African American Art: The Legacy of a Hammer Exhibition

    50 Years of African American Art: The Legacy of a Hammer Exhibition

    The 2011 Hammer Museum exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 focused on the profound impact that African American artists had on the cultural landscape of Los Angeles from the 1960s through the 1980s. When I find myself feeling hopeless about the state of the country, I look to the artists in Now Dig This!. I look to their assertions of humanity. I look to their position as people with varying interests and affinities, with a common goal to uplift themselves, their communities, and humanity through art.

  • Gala in the Garden 2018: A First Look

    Gala in the Garden 2018: A First Look

    The Hammer Museum’s courtyard was transformed this evening for our 16th annual Gala in the Garden, honoring award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon with tribute speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson. Event co-chairs included Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star.

  • Where are They Now? Senga Nengudi’s Revery - R

    Where are They Now? Senga Nengudi’s Revery - R

    Senga Nengudi’s Revery - R was first exhibited in 2011 at the Hammer as a part of the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. The work is now on view at Les Ateliers de Rennes in France for the Biennale d’art Contemporain until December 2018