Hammer Blog

  • Where are They Now? Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin

    Where are They Now? Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin

    From the age of eighteen months until his death in 1903, Gauguin moved or traveled between Peru, Martinique, Le Havre, Rio de Janeiro, Denmark, various regions within France, and the islands of Tahiti and Hiva Oa. It was during his stay at the remote fishing village of Pont-Aven in Brittany on the northwestern French coast, that the artist painted Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin (1889), which is now on view at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City until February 4.

  • Hammer Highlights 2017: Recent Acquisitions

    Hammer Highlights 2017: Recent Acquisitions

    We are extremely grateful to all the Hammer Museum supporters whose gifts of art bolster our permanent collection, and we look forward to exhibiting these and other works in the near future.

  • Hammer Highlights 2017: Making Radical Women a Reality

    Hammer Highlights 2017: Making Radical Women a Reality

    Any museum worker will tell you that an exhibition’s true lasting power lies in its ability to be both timely and timeless, and Radical Women undoubtedly achieves this. Examining and attacking the deep histories of censorship, racism, misogyny, and political oppression prevalent in the artists’ countries, it’s no wonder that the show found a special place with all of our visitors.

  • When the Future Comes

    When the Future Comes

    Throughout the run of Radical Women, we offer weekly gallery talks by artists, scholars, and writers who discuss specific works from the exhibition that inspire and provoke them. In this post, Beatriz Cortez recaps her talk.

  • Breaking through Frames

    Breaking through Frames

    Through my wanderings of the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the question “Where does the radical reside in Radical Women?” surfaces again and again.

  • Todo es posible

    Todo es posible

    As I walked through the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, I thought to myself: Todo es posible. Everything is possible. It’s a bilingual mantra that animated the walk-through to a signal, a gesture, an entire world made possible by many radical women in 25 of the hardest years of a 20th century. Making the self is possible. On my own terms. On yours. It is possible under duress. Under patriarchy. Under military dictatorships. We are possible.

  • Hammer Highlights 2017: Digital Archives

    Hammer Highlights 2017: Digital Archives

    This year I oversaw the production and launch of three new digital archives, part of a series of digital initiatives funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which present artworks, historical documents, and other resources on our website so that the public can research important aspects of the Hammer's collections and exhibitions. For my year in review post, I want to highlight some of the objects that made me smile, made me think, or otherwise helped me get through the year that was.