Hammer Blog

  • Turning to Art for Hope, Sanctuary, and Solace

    Turning to Art for Hope, Sanctuary, and Solace

    I've spent a lot of time in the days since the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting thinking about how to process the pain I was feeling, am feeling, and how others process their pain. Knowing I'd be returning to work on Monday, I also thought about the role of art in moments like this.

  • 50 Years of African American Art: The Legacy of a Hammer Exhibition

    50 Years of African American Art: The Legacy of a Hammer Exhibition

    The 2011 Hammer Museum exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 focused on the profound impact that African American artists had on the cultural landscape of Los Angeles from the 1960s through the 1980s. When I find myself feeling hopeless about the state of the country, I look to the artists in Now Dig This!. I look to their assertions of humanity. I look to their position as people with varying interests and affinities, with a common goal to uplift themselves, their communities, and humanity through art.

  • Gala in the Garden 2018: A First Look

    Gala in the Garden 2018: A First Look

    The Hammer Museum’s courtyard was transformed this evening for our 16th annual Gala in the Garden, honoring award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon with tribute speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson. Event co-chairs included Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star.

  • Where are They Now? Senga Nengudi’s Revery - R

    Where are They Now? Senga Nengudi’s Revery - R

    Senga Nengudi’s Revery - R was first exhibited in 2011 at the Hammer as a part of the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. The work is now on view at Les Ateliers de Rennes in France for the Biennale d’art Contemporain until December 2018