Hammer Highlights 2017: Installing Marisa Merz's Exhibition
Sometimes we in the prep department at the Hammer Museum find ourselves far away from hanging a framed work on the wall. Sometimes we find ourselves melting 500 pounds of wax in the middle of the night.
Hammer Highlights 2017: Making Radical Women a Reality
Any museum worker will tell you that an exhibition’s true lasting power lies in its ability to be both timely and timeless, and Radical Women undoubtedly achieves this. Examining and attacking the deep histories of censorship, racism, misogyny, and political oppression prevalent in the artists’ countries, it’s no wonder that the show found a special place with all of our visitors.
When the Future Comes
Throughout the run of Radical Women, we offer weekly gallery talks by artists, scholars, and writers who discuss specific works from the exhibition that inspire and provoke them. In this post, Beatriz Cortez recaps her talk.
Breaking through Frames
Through my wanderings of the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the question “Where does the radical reside in Radical Women?” surfaces again and again.
Todo es posible
As I walked through the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, I thought to myself: Todo es posible. Everything is possible. It’s a bilingual mantra that animated the walk-through to a signal, a gesture, an entire world made possible by many radical women in 25 of the hardest years of a 20th century. Making the self is possible. On my own terms. On yours. It is possible under duress. Under patriarchy. Under military dictatorships. We are possible.
Hammer Highlights 2017: Digital Archives
This year I oversaw the production and launch of three new digital archives, part of a series of digital initiatives funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which present artworks, historical documents, and other resources on our website so that the public can research important aspects of the Hammer's collections and exhibitions. For my year in review post, I want to highlight some of the objects that made me smile, made me think, or otherwise helped me get through the year that was.