Hammer Blog

  • Episode 1: Who was Fred Grunwald?

    Episode 1: Who was Fred Grunwald?

    In July 2017, the Hammer will launch its digital archive Loss and Restitution: The Story of the Grunwald Family Collection. In this series, project researchers Kirk Nickel and Maia Woolner will share how they recreated Grunwald's story through archival research, from his early collecting days in Germany to the seizure of his collection by the Gestapo to his emigration to the United States and rebuilding his collection.

  • Where are They Now? The Drawings of Raymond Pettibon

    Where are They Now? The Drawings of Raymond Pettibon

    The four drawings in the Hammer’s permanent collection were lent to the Pettibon retrospective, A Pen of All Work, which traveled from the New Museum to the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht where it will be on view until October 29, 2017.

  • Building Our Corita Kent Digital Archive

    Building Our Corita Kent Digital Archive

    Earlier this month, the Hammer launched its third digital archive, Corita Kent in the Grunwald Center Collection. Like the past digital archives—Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 and Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology—the Corita Kent site features images of artworks, scholarly essays, and a variety of resources for visitors to explore. Unlike its predecessors, however, it is not based on a Hammer exhibition, but rather a facet of the Grunwald Center Collection that has not been widely seen.