Hammer Blog

  • Where are We Now? Revisiting Black Male

    Where are We Now? Revisiting Black Male

    "Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art" traveled to the Hammer Museum on April 25, 1995, from the Whitney Museum of American Art. "Black Male" was a seed, a catalyst for further introspection into the ways in which black masculinity is addressed in contemporary art, and how this work is informed by stereotypes and falsities of black masculinity that have saturated popular culture for centuries.

  • Harry Dodge on Jim Shaw's Dream Object

    Harry Dodge on Jim Shaw's Dream Object

    "Dream Object (I was looking at drawings of successful business men which became increasingly distorted and became a pornographic hedge…)" is a big, multi-part graphite drawing by Jim Shaw, and in Living Apart Together, it’s sandwiched between Nayland Blake’s erotic restraints piece and Barbara Smith’s “Field Piece,” a maze of objects that look a lot like giant sex toys.