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  • Michael Cera Brings 'Em in Droves

    YOUTH IN REVOLT Maybe it was the fact that it was a free sneak preview.  Maybe it was because Michael Cera and director Miguel Arteta gave an in-person discussion following the film.  Whatever it was, hundreds of people showed up by 5pm for a 7pm screening.  (Some guests even started arriving as early as 1pm.)  The crowd was mainly comprised of herds of UCLA students, perhaps more than the Hammer has ever seen at once. The line wrapped around the entire courtyard. "No further admittance." The theater was full to capacity- 295 people. Hundreds of others were turned away. People amuse themselves during hours of waiting. Billy Wilder theater manager Steven Foley busy with crowd control. The film is loaded and ready to go at 6pm. Sound engineer Jeben Marshall and projectionist Jim Smith discuss in the Billy Wilder Theater. Camera man Randy Jurgenson

  • Sweet & Sour

    It seems like every American holiday is now also being celebrated or at least talked about in China. I received many text messages wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. It seems that everyone knows about Thanksgiving and I think has a basic understanding of its meaning but I didn’t actually see anyone celebrating it. I haven’t seen any turkeys in China either.

  • Coming Soon: Rachel Whiteread Drawings

    The Hammer Museum Presents Rachel Whiteread Drawings in First Drawings Retrospective of the British Artist On View January 31 - April 25, 2010 This winter the Hammer Museum presents a retrospective of drawings by Rachel Whiteread, the first large-scale museum survey of work on paper by the British artist. Organized by Allegra Pesenti, curator of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, this exhibition includes key examples of the artist’s sculpture displayed alongside her drawings. The exhibition features 155 drawings, 8 sculptures, and a vitrine filled with roughly 200 objects selected by Whiteread. Although her sculpture is well-known and widely published, Whiteread’s work on paper has remained largely behind the scenes until now. “My drawings are a diary of my work,” Whiteread explains, and like the passages in a diary her drawings range from fleeting ideas to labored reflections. They are produced independently of the sculpture yet are critical

  • Nic Hess's Spindle Implosion Added to Hammer Contemporary Collection

    Nic Hess's Spindle Implosion Added to Hammer Contemporary Collection

    Nic Hess. Spindle Implosion (Automatic Crash Response), 2009. Tape. 6 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 7 in. (16.5 x 52.1 x 17.8 cm). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchase. At the close of his installations, artist Nic Hess removes the used tape, wrapping it into densely packed balls. This video documents the de-installation of his Hammer Project Automatic Crash Response. (Run Time: 3 min.) The Hammer acquired the resulting sculpture for the Hammer Contemporary Collection.   viagra from canada buy cialis

  • Signs & Wonders

    With a prestigious grant from the Asian Cultural Council, Hammer adjunct curator James Elaine moved to China in April 2008 to seek out emerging artists within China and throughout Asia. This blog provides a fascinating insight into Jamie’s travels and the art world in China. During my many travels across China I often come across signage with English wording that is not quite right for one reason or another. I guess you could say that they are lost in translation or signs that make me wonder.