A Day in the Life of a VER: Elizabeth Zamets
Our team of 100 Visitor Experience Representatives come from local colleges and universities, encompassing a diverse range of backgrounds and fields of study. VERs, as we call them, are students at UCLA, UCLA Extension, and Santa Monica College. They make up the largest portion of the Hammer’s part-time employment, and the Hammer is the only institution at UCLA that hires international students.
As the Hammer's social media manager, I have the pleasure of scrolling through hundreds of visitor photos each week. I love seeing what artworks and spaces people are most drawn to. But the photos that tend to stand out to me the most are those that capture the lesser-explored areas of the museum.
Behind the Scenes in the Registrar Department
I met with Alex Bancroft, assistant registrar, and Haley Di Pressi, registrarial assistant, to gain a new understanding of this department. From traveling across the Atlantic on a cargo plane with an artwork, to “tucking in” prints in their storage boxes like babies, Alex and Haley shared what it’s like to work as registrars at the Hammer.
Hammer Highlights 2016: Installing Leap Before You Look
It was such a delight to install Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. One of the nice aspects about being a part of an installation process is the intimate relationship we develop with the works. We unpack, examine, hold, and measure each work, and as such get a very tactile understanding of each thing we handle.
Hammer Highlights 2016: HAMMER10 Member Picks
'Tis the season to reflect! This week, three of our HAMMER10 members look back at their favorite Hammer memories of the past year.
Hammer Highlights 2016: Hammer Beer Committee
Like a lot of things, the Hammer Museum's staff Beer Committee started with a discussion around the water cooler. Four years later, we still take turns brewing beer and have an annual celebration to bring the staff together in merriment.