Hammer Blog

  • Hammer Highlights 2016: Academic Programs

    Hammer Highlights 2016: Academic Programs

    When a year is marked and scarred by divisiveness and loss, it can be difficult to carry on with business as usual. Fortunately for me, as assistant director of academic programs at the Hammer Museum, business as usual involves combating divisiveness by promoting tolerance, encouraging access for all, and fostering understanding despite any perceived or tangible barriers. My department’s work lifts me up.

  • On In Real Life: A Conversation with January Parkos Arnall

    On In Real Life: A Conversation with January Parkos Arnall

    Following the third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition, Made in L.A., the museum announced the temporary closure of its third floor galleries for renovation. Though the new designs will allow for larger exhibitions in an expanded, technologically-advanced, environmentally-sustainable space come January 2017, the renovations unavoidably impacted the Hammer’s usual course of large scale exhibitions this fall.

  • Hammer Highlights 2016: Most-Watched Programs Online This Year

    Hammer Highlights 2016: Most-Watched Programs Online This Year

    Did you know that almost all of our programs are recorded live and available to watch online? We do this because we want to reach as many people as possible with the important conversations, ideas, and art that happens inside our walls. The issues discussed and voices heard contributed to critical issues of the time, and also provide a document for the future.

  • Game On!

    Game On!

    The Hammer is excited to introduce Game On, a new mini-series of programs that seeks to engage families with works of art through a variety of games. This past weekend families engaged with Sound piece for the Hammer Museum, an artwork in the form of ping-pong tables, at our first ever Hammer Kids Ping-Pong Tournament.

  • Big Bugs, Big Problems

    Big Bugs, Big Problems

    In the 1950s era of over-the-top science-fiction and horror films, the giant insect film invaded theaters with a bug-eyed, tentacled fury. Beginning with Them! in 1954, many movies placed small-town Americans at the mercy of enormous creepy-crawlies that could only be vanquished with the use of military force.