Hammer Blog

  • Hammer Members: A Special Thank You!

    Free Admission and a 20% discount at 22 Southern California Institutions In appreciation of your support, the Hammer Museum invites you to enjoy reciprocal admission and store discounts at 22 Southern California institutions over your holiday weekend. We could not continue our dynamic schedule of exhibitions and free programming without the contributions of our members. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. On November 26, 27 & 28 your Hammer Museum membership card will allow you to enjoy free admission (excluding special ticketed events) and a 20% museum store discount at each of the following organizations: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels www.olacathedral.org 213-680-5277 Chinese American Museum www.camla.org 213-485-8567 Craft and Folk Art Museum www.cafam.org 323-937-4230 *22 Fowler Museum at UCLA www.fowler.ucla.edu 310-206-7004 Hammer Museum www.hammer.ucla.edu 310-443-7000 Heritage Square Museum www.heritagesquare.org 323-225-2700

  • Hammer Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Free Admission

    Los Angeles — Twenty years ago this November the Hammer Museum first opened its doors. To celebrate the occasion, the Hammer is offering 20 DAYS OF FREE ADMISSION, November 26 to December 18. Visitors are invited to bring family and friends to enjoy world class art exhibitions, public programs including screenings, readings and lectures, an open air courtyard with a full-service café, and one of the best bookstores in the city. When the Hammer opened to the public in 1990, it was a museum dedicated to the vision and collection of one man — Armand Hammer. In the twenty years since, the Hammer has grown remarkably, presenting an impressive array of art from the classics to the cutting edge. “It is hard to imagine that only two decades ago a parking lot and gas station occupied the space where the Hammer now stands. Over the last several years we

  • The Mandala Project

    The Mandala Project

    Photo courtesy of American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED The public is invited to watch the monks create the mandala during the following hours: Tue-Sat - 11am-1:30pm & 3:30-6pm Sun - 11am-1:30pm & 3:30-5pm DAILY SCHEDULE 11:00 - 11:45 - Practice (prayer) 11:45 - 1:00 - Sand Mandala 1:00 - Lunch 2:00 or 2:30 - Resume Sand Mandala 6:00 or 6:15 - Evening Closing Practice* *Varies depending on museum's closing time. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday - 6:00 or 6:15 Thursday - 8:00 Sunday - 4:00 ABOUT THE EVENT OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 7, 2010 The Hammer Museum, in partnership with Ari Bhöd — the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation — is pleased to present The Mandala Project. This two-week program will feature the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala by a team of traditionally trained Lamas visiting Los Angeles from the Thubten Choeling

  • Q&A with Artist Tom Marioni

    Q&A with Artist Tom Marioni

    This interview was conducted by electronic mail. Questions were composed by the Hammer’s multimedia fellow Sasha Mann. You can read more about Tom Marioni on his exhibition page, and watch the video of Hammer senior curator Ann Ellegood discussing the artist and his work. Video made by new media manager Amanda Law. ______________________ SM: Although this artwork was originally exhibited in Oakland, is there any significance (historically or otherwise) to its being in Los Angeles now? TM: I have recreated this art action in many different countries, in both museums and alternative art spaces. It was last in Los Angeles two years ago at the L.A. Art Fair. SM: Can you talk about how your stand-up jokes come to you? Do you write a new set for each beer salon? TM: I have been doing jokes for about two years in my art club, The Society for Independent

  • A.I.R. Presents a Surprise Happy Birthday!

    A.I.R. (artist in residence) Machine Project offers Hammer staff the opportunity to sign up for surprise live birthday performances. This performance was by musician Corey Fogel for Hammer public programs director Claudia Bestor.