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  • Hammer Museum Will Present Three Awards During Made in L.A. 2014

    Hammer Museum Will Present Three Awards During Made in L.A. 2014

    The Hammer Museum is pleased to announce that three awards will be presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2014, the Hammer’s biennial exhibition series highlighting emerging and under-recognized artists from the Los Angeles region. The exhibition will be on view at the Hammer Museum June 15 – September 7, 2014. Expanding on the format of the 2012 biennial, the three awards are The Mohn Award, the Career Achievement Award—both of which will be selected by a professional jury—and the Public Recognition Award, which will be determined through a public vote. All three awards are funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn and the Mohn Family Foundation. All of the artists in the exhibition are eligible to receive the awards. The list of artists participating in Made in L.A. 2014 will be announced in late February.

  • Open Projector Night: The Winners

    Open Projector Night: The Winners

    Equal parts showcase and showdown, the Hammer’s Open Projector Night is the most raucous independent short film festival around. Films and videos of all genres have garnered praise and wrath alike—filmmakers are encouraged to bring a thick skin! Nationally known and loved comedy team the Sklar Brothers emcee. Our last Open Projector Night was on January 14, and it was a full house! There were many incredible submissions, but we could only pick 3 winners: The first prize went out to UCLA TFT student Mark Columbus for The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist, an autobiographical short film about the complicated relationship between father and son. Our second winner was Jeremy David White’s film The First Hope, a short story about first loves, first impressions. After seeing Leia kiss Luke on his VHS copy of Empire Strikes Back, a young boy develops an inappropriate crush of his own. The First Hope is an

  • The Secret of Yantai

    The Secret of Yantai

    I am often asked the question, “Why did you move to China?” There are several reasons that in 2008 I moved to Beijing; from the emerging Chinese art world and its potential to influence world culture to a deep fascination and love for China, to a desire to test my professional life in a new and unknown world. Starting over at the bottom of the ‘ladder’ is an eye opening, risky, and personally creative venture, and is reason enough for change. But probably the deepest-rooted influence is that my mother was born in China. Her parents were medical missionaries and worked in and founded hospitals in China (and Korea). I grew up with a love for the country. Sarah, my mother, was born in, at that time it was called, Hwanghsien, about 70 miles from Yantai in Shandong Province. Yantai, or Chefoo, where my mother attended boarding school


    Free Admission Day | Saturday, January 25, 2014 In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums (previously the Museum Marketing Roundtable) announces the ninth annual “Museums Free-For-All” Saturday, January 25, 2014. The museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply; consult individual museum websites for hours and other visitor information. Annenberg Space for Photography Armory Center for the Arts The Autry National Center of the American West California African American Museum California Science Center Fowler Museum at UCLA The Getty Center The Getty Villa (Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.) Hammer Museum Japanese American National Museum Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Offer

  • Hammer Members: Opening Party + Coffee Talk

    Hammer Members: Opening Party + Coffee Talk

    It's a great time to be a Hammer member! In celebration of two new exhibitions, members are invited to an opening party in early February. And in March, members will enjoy a coffee reception and private viewing of Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914. Get more information about these events below, and stay tuned for more exciting events we have planned just for you. Opening Party: Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Saturday, February 8, 2014 Fellows Walkthrough 5:30PM Director’s Reception 6:30-8PM Opening Party 8PM-10PM L.A. based DJ Sharper Image to spin | Hosted bar | Galleries open late --- Coffee Talk! On Saturday, March 1 Hammer members will join exhibition curators Victoria Dailey and Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum, for coffee and a private viewing of Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914. To become

  • Free Museum Admission

    Free Museum Admission

    Beginning February 9, the Hammer Museum eliminates its admission fee and becomes entirely FREE to the public! Free admission coincides with the opening of the Hammer’s new exhibition Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. Join us for the opening day celebration, featuring a photo booth and fun giveaways! The Hammer is committed to eliminating admission fees permanently. Free admission is made possible through the generosity of longtime Hammer Museum benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Erika Glazer is an art collector who joined the Hammer’s Board of Directors in 2009. She has worked in the real estate business, construction, and as a private investor since 1976. Brenda Potter has been a Hammer supporter since 2003. An avid art collector, Potter is also a Fine Art Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills. The Hammer’s roster of more than 250 public programs each year—including readings, lectures, conversations between cultural figures

  • Darin Klein’s Guide to Enjoying Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

    Darin Klein’s Guide to Enjoying Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

    The Hammer is pleased to be participating once again in Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair on Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 2, 2014 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Sara Beattie, Brooke Berlin and Lauren Molina from the Museum Store will be on hand at the Hammer’s booth with zines, artist books and editions, rare and out-of-print books, and other signature Hammer items. Here’s a practical guide to the fair from Darin Klein, the Hammer’s public programs associate. Darin Klein’s Guide to Enjoying Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair If there was a Black Belt for making the most of an Art Book Fair, I’d probably have it! I climbed the ranks without a sensei, but I’m happy to share what I have learned from my many years of experience in New York and Los Angeles. Before I jump into the details of my finely honed skills, I’ll

  • Zhang Xinjun at Telescope

    Zhang Xinjun at Telescope

    Telescope presents Beijing artist Zhang Xinjun’s first solo exhibition. Beijing artist Zhang Xinjun’s work is born out of his relationship with the common materials and objects found in his everyday life and how they relate to his local surroundings. He references a general history and his personal past through the objects and their new relationships between themselves. The elements that make up his installations are not intended to convey any specific or symbolic meaning, only to nurture an ambiguous setting suspended in time between childhood, the mother, daily life, memory, living spaces, society and the surrounding environment. In Zhang’s Telescope exhibition, desks, tables, and chairs from his childhood school, are all linked together by rays of yellow thread that pierce the wood and continue on unhindered like sunbeams passing through glass. The children’s furniture, tilted on the floor, suspended in air, frozen on the wall, defy gravity and reason

  • Storefronts as Art and Architecture: Part I

    Storefronts as Art and Architecture: Part I

    The title of this post was inspired by the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NY, founded in 1982 as a nonprofit committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art, and design. In 1993 artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl designed the façade for the Soho area building.  I saw it for many years while living in NY and have thought of it many times as I wander the streets of the cities and towns of China. This is my observed (and imagined) interpretation of their interest in blurring the lines between architecture, art, design, interior and exterior space. In China, this is just a way of life and happens everywhere. No symposiums necessary… --James Elaine