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  • Hammergram: February 2014

    Hammergram: February 2014

    We are fascinated by the photos our visitors take of the objects and spaces at the Hammer. That's why we decided to launch Hammergram--a monthly round-up of our favorite visitor photos--in the hopes that they will inspire you to share your own Hammer experience with us! The Hammer Museum welcomes visitors to take non-flash, personal-use photography (except where noted). Share your images with us by tagging @hammer_museum or #hammermuseum on Instagram or Twitter, and you could be featured in the next Hammergram! Click to enlarge: 1. @tarafenwick gives Haim Steinbach's now you can afford to stop driving each other crazy a new perspective. [part of Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology] 2. @velvetbarrock watches as a student volunteer adds on to Rirkrit Tiravanija's untitled 2014 (up against the wall motherfucker). [part of Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology] 3. @kimberlyhahnart and her husband check out this LA Times

  • The Anonymous Studio III

    The Anonymous Studio III

    I have a wandering ‘eye’ that constantly surveys a local terrain in search of something beautiful or strange, something previously hidden. I am an artist and a collector of after-images and oddities of life. The artists’ studio gives me, as the Chinese say, Double Happiness. It is not just a ‘warehouse’ of finished art but also an archeological site where I can unearth and frame my own images from their leftovers. I can show them a part of themselves they perhaps have not seen before. As a curator I not only look for finished artworks to exhibit but also for the processes, accidents, refuse, and raw materials of art and life. The studio is like a drawing. It is a work in flux, one that is created by an artist without thinking about a grand finished object. It is the

  • The Hammer Announces Artists for Made in L.A. 2014

    The Hammer Announces Artists for Made in L.A. 2014

    The Hammer Museum is pleased to announce the artists participating in Made in L.A. 2014, the second in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focused on work created by artists in the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2014 will be on view June 15–September 7, 2014 at the Hammer Museum and will feature 35 artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. Made in L.A. 2014 will be installed in every gallery of the museum and debuts nearly all new painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography, and performances created specifically for the exhibition. There are 11 major new commissions for the exhibition and every artist has received an honorarium. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive hardcover catalogue, as well as a full roster of free public programming. Made in L.A. 2014 is organized by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler and independent curator

  • Telescope Press in Beijing Today

    Non-profit Gallery Shares Unique Art By Annie Wei, Beijing Today Staff "Unlike its neighbors in the red-brick, high-ceiling buildings of Caochangdi, Telescope curates a different kind of collection. Rather than collecting the art most likely to sell, curator James Elaine uses his non-profit venue to promote the artists least likely to be known. For China’s young creative talents, it’s the opportunity to break out. Elaine began curating in the late 1980s at a small museum in New York, the Drawing Center, focusing on such emerging artists. “Usually they were young – just out of university,” he said. A decade of hard work helped his New York museum win attention for that program. After that, Elaine moved to Los Angeles to work for The Hammer Museum. The move to China may have been predestined: Elaine’s mother was born in China. Her parents were medical missionaries working in and helping

  • AMMO Recipes | Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

    AMMO Recipes | Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

    Welcome to our newest blog series: AMMO Recipes! The chefs at AMMO are excited to share their favorite recipes with you so that you can make them at home (and of course still enjoy them when you visit the Hammer). This Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake is AMMO Cafe's February Dessert Special. THE RECIPE Dough: 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 3/4 sticks butter, cubed 2 whole eggs 1 cup powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting finished tart 1 tsp. vanilla extract Zest of 1 Meyer lemon Filling: 2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese 3 egg yolks 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. Meyer lemon zest 1 tsp. Meyer lemon juice 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 scant cup sugar Equipment: Deep tart pan with removable bottom Instructions: Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter, and using a pastry

  • Reflections on JG, a film by Tacita Dean

    Reflections on JG, a film by Tacita Dean

    Although never pictured, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) haunts Tacita Dean’s most recent film JG (2013). Aperture masks mimic its spiral shape within the film (making it appear constructed from multicolored pebbles, sun rays, waves or flies, rather than from black basalt rocks and earth), while the intermittent narration of a disembodied voice quotes the writer J.G. Ballard on its perplexity. Submerged or visible depending upon the levels of the Great Salt Lake, Spiral Jetty remains elusive––merging with the landscape and reemerging from it in a cycle. The symbol of the spiral embodies a contradiction of stability and movement. In a letter to Dean, Ballard advised her to treat Spiral Jetty as a lingering mystery for her film to solve. One particular line quoted from the writer reverberates throughout the film: “Unwind the spiral and it will play back pictures of all the landscapes it has ever seen––it

  • Ai Weiwei’s Bicycle

    Ai Weiwei’s Bicycle

    While walking from an artist’s studio to Telescope, my exhibition space in Beijing, recently, I passed by Ai Weiwei’s studio. As I crossed his doorway he came out and almost ran into me. Parked on the sidewalk by his blue door was a bicycle with a basket on the front loaded with fresh cut colorful flowers. In the middle of January in Beijing those flowers looked so gorgeous. It was Weiwei’s bicycle. We stood over the basket as he freshened up the arrangement and chatted a bit. He said how the flowers were disappearing too fast and that he had hoped that they would last longer. I told him that when I was very young, living in Pacific Palisades, a woman on my street always kept a basket hanging next to her front door. She kept it full of candy for the neighborhood children. We would run to her