Hammer Blog

  • Three Hammer Shows Currently on View in NYC!

    Three Hammer Shows Currently on View in NYC!

    Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972 October 7, 2012 – January 28, 2013 On view at MoMA A sculptor who began working during the postwar period in a classical figurative style, Alina Szapocznikow radically reconceptualized sculpture as an imprint not only of memory but also of her own body. Though her career effectively spanned less than two decades (cut short by the artist’s premature death in 1973 at age 47), Szapocznikow left behind a legacy of provocative objects that evoke Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop art. Her tinted polyester casts of body parts, often transformed into everyday objects like lamps or ashtrays; her poured polyurethane forms; and her elaborately constructed sculptures, which at times incorporated photographs, clothing, or car parts, all remain as wonderfully idiosyncratic and culturally resonant today as when they were first made. Spanning one of the most rich and complex periods of the 20th century, Szapocznikow’s oeuvre responds

  • Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair

    Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair

    The Hammer is participating in Printed Matter’s first annual LA Art Book Fair on Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 3 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Monique and Brooke from the Hammer Store will be on hand at the Hammer booth with a variety of our exhibition catalogues and other signature items. Here’s some info on the fair from Darin Klein, the Hammer’s Public Programs Associate: Since 1991, I have been producing, promoting, distributing and collecting independent publications. One of the first public programs I brought to the Hammer back in 2007 was ‘Zineland, featuring local exhibitors, live music, a panel moderated by Aaron Rose and an ice cream truck. As a four-time exhibitor in the seven years that Printed Matter has been producing the NY Art Book Fair, I am particularly pleased that Angelenos will get a chance to experience the many facets of that fair—right here

  • Fritz Haeg's Domestic Integrities part A03: Los Angeles

    Fritz Haeg's Domestic Integrities part A03: Los Angeles

    Fritz Haeg. Domestic Integrities part A01: New York, 2012. Installation view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Jack Ramunni, Mildred's Lane. PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT Domestic Integrities part A03: Los Angeles March 21–24, 2013 Over the course of four marathon days, the Los Angeles–based artist Fritz Haeg is working in the museum lobby with volunteers and museum visitors to crochet discarded textiles into the traveling Domestic Integrities rug. A display of edibles, medicinals, and herbals fresh from his Los Angeles garden, including offerings of produce and herbal tea infusions, is presented on the rug. The rug of local textiles is a charged site for testing, performing, and presenting how we want to live. These spiral-stitched circular rugs gradually expand as they travel from city to city. The European edition traveled to Budapest, London, and Vienna before arriving at a yearlong installation at Pollinaria in Abruzzo, Italy. American

  • Lindbrook Terrace Installation: Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson

    Lindbrook Terrace Installation: Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson

    A new commission of custom furnishings by Los Angeles-based artists Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson is now installed on Lindbrook Terrace. These unconventional and enchanting chairs, tables, ottomans, and sofas incorporating used furniture, found wood, and colorful fabrics are available for the use of visitors. Below are photos of the artists installing their work. Visit our tumblr to see more.