Hammergram: October 2016
It's the end of the month, so it's time once again for Hammergram! We are fascinated by the photos our visitors take of the objects and spaces at the Hammer. Hammergram is a monthly round-up of our favorite visitor photos in the hopes that it will inspire you to share your own Hammer experience with us.
The Hammer is excited to introduce Game On, a new mini-series of programs that seeks to engage families with works of art through a variety of games. This past weekend families engaged with Sound piece for the Hammer Museum, an artwork in the form of ping-pong tables, at our first ever Hammer Kids Ping-Pong Tournament.
Silence and Anger in Daumier’s Rue Transnonain
Honoré Daumier was a prominent French printmaker during the 19th century. Known for his prolific body of work—over 4,000 lithographs—Daumier shaped French satire with his acerbic wit and keen observations. Drawing from current events, his caricatures and satirical images—depicting everyone from King Louis Philippe to a cuckolded husband—critique the social and political life of France at the time.
10 Things You May Not Know About the Hammer
10/10 is HAMMER10 Day! To celebrate the stars (and numbers) aligning, we present to you 10 fun facts about the Hammer—some well-known, some that may be a surprise.
Gala in the Garden 2016: A First Look
The Hammer Museum’s courtyard was transformed this evening for our 14th annual Gala in the Garden, honoring Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes, artists admired for their fearless risk-taking and for their singular yet deeply influential voices. Masters of their respective mediums, they continually push boundaries and garner praise for their exquisite sense of craft.
Telescope: China | Li Zhenwei
At a first glance, Li’s paintings might look simply repetitive, and they are to the degree of PI, but they are not identical, either. Their simplicity belies their almost mystical depth. There is a spiritual presence in the paintings, and like spirit, one cannot really tell how it operates or where it comes from. Li’s paintings are transcendent, solid, and always changing, which time reveals.
Big Bugs, Big Problems
In the 1950s era of over-the-top science-fiction and horror films, the giant insect film invaded theaters with a bug-eyed, tentacled fury. Beginning with Them! in 1954, many movies placed small-town Americans at the mercy of enormous creepy-crawlies that could only be vanquished with the use of military force.