Hammer Blog

  • John Waters' Tribute Speech for Mike Kelley

    Mike is one of the most influential and defining artists of his generation and his impact on the practices of younger artists around the globe is immeasurable. In 2007, the Hammer honored Mike at our annual Gala in the Garden. John Waters, who was a dear friend to Mike, delivered the tribute to him. We asked John if we could reprint his remarkable speech as a remembrance. We will all miss Mike very much. -Ann Philbin Hammer Gala | October 14, 2007 [caption id="attachment_2688" align="alignnone" width="389" caption="John Waters & Mike Kelley, 2007. Photo: Stefanie Keenan."][/caption] I live with Mike Kelley. Yes, the man who made pitiful seem sexy, the man who turned grimy thrift shop stuffed animals into heartbreaking, jaw-dropping beauty by placing them on stained blankets on the floor of art museums. The man who may have even inspired a whole new underground sexual fetish—that of the “plushie

  • Hammer Museum presents Walking Tall and Eleanor Antin's Before the Revolution

    Free events are part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum presents two free programs as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival: Maren Hassinger, Flying, 1982. Photo: Adam Avila. Walking Tall Thursday, January 26, 7pm Artists Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, and Ulysses Jenkins continue to investigate Kiss, performed in the 1970s and reimagined in October 2011 to celebrate the opening of the Hammer’s Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. Special guests, including artists who have worked with the trio since the 1970s, participate in this exciting iteration. Aspiring to accentuate the positivity and joyfulness of life, each guest offers a unique contribution to the performance. A meditation on pride and self-confidence, Walking Tall will culminate in an interactive audience experience. Eleanor Antin as Eleanora Antinova in Before the Revolution, 1979 at the Santa Barbara Museum

  • T. Kelly Mason at the Hammer

    T. Kelly Mason Nocturne (Pierce Brothers Westwood Village), 2011 December 20, 2011 - May 27, 2012 T. Kelly Mason. Nocturne (Pierce Brothers Westwood Village), 2011. 4 Duratrans films. Courtesy of the artist. Los Angeles–based artist T. Kelly Mason’s diverse practice includes sculpture, performance, sound, video, and works on paper. Since 2007 he has also been working with photographic transparencies mounted in light boxes, drawing on the medium’s elusive material presence as a means to explore representation. For this new work, Mason visited Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, an intimate, carefully landscaped cemetery nestled amid several high-rise buildings just around the corner from the Hammer Museum. Resting place of the museum’s founder, Armand Hammer, and the film director Billy Wilder, namesake of our theater, the cemetery is also the final home to Hollywood luminaries such as John Cassavetes, Farrah Fawcett, Peggy Lee, and Jack Lemmon. It is a sanctuary filled

  • Q&A with Patricia Esquivias

    Q&A with Patricia Esquivias

    Esquivias during her artist residency at Schloss Solitude, where she made part of her video Of a short stay (2010, 2011), now on view at the Hammer. This interview was conducted by electronic mail. Questions were composed by the Hammer’s new media associate Amanda Law. Look for more information on Patricia Esquivias's Hammer Project here. ***** AL: Have you always worked with video? What drew you to the medium? PE: I started using video in 2005. Previously I had been making works with text but I was always unhappy with the material results of the finished works. I liked what I had to say but I didn't like how it looked. With video I could say it and it could be brief, and the image became something to play with. In the beginning it was a liberating discovery. Patricia Esquivias. Still from Of a short stay, 2010, 2011. Two-channel

  • Shopping Event

    Shopping Event Thursday, December 15, 2011 6-9PM Take care of your last minute holiday shopping and support local artisans and designers at the Hammer Museum’s holiday shopping event this Thursday evening. The Museum Store will host a hand-selected group of designers and artists showcasing an array of one-of-a-kind holiday treats and gifts including jewelry, ceramics, apparel, and delectable edibles! The event is FREE to the public and those who shop will automatically be entered in one of five raffles happening that night. See you there!