Hammer Blog

  • Hammergram: February 2016

    Hammergram: February 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.

  • Revivals and Modernity: The Printed Image in Nineteenth-Century France, Part 3

    Revivals and Modernity: The Printed Image in Nineteenth-Century France, Part 3

    The sometimes overly precious trappings of the belle épreuve stood in opposition to lithography’s popular status as an easy means of disseminating images to a wide audience. Lithography, though it shared etching’s affinities with drawing, had not enjoyed the commercial or critical success that etching had in the 1860s and 1870s.

  • Where are They Now? Vincent van Gogh’s Hospital at Saint-Rémy

    Where are They Now? Vincent van Gogh’s Hospital at Saint-Rémy

    It is a tale of madness, of conspiracy, of friendship, of disease, of jealousy, of anguish, circumstance and over one hundred years of art historical intrigue. Upon voluntarily entering the psychiatric hospital of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole at Saint-Rémy in March 1889, did Vincent van Gogh know that he was embarking on the most prolific period of his career?

  • Revivals and Modernity: The Printed Image in Nineteenth-Century France, Part 1

    Revivals and Modernity: The Printed Image in Nineteenth-Century France, Part 1

    Since the advent of the printed image in Europe in the fifteenth century, the history of its artistic development has been intertwined with that of technical innovation. At no other time were these forces so dynamically linked as in the nineteenth century, in France, when the technological advances that facilitated the reproduction of images in the commercial sphere intersected with the revival of traditional print media.

  • LA Art Book Fair Artists: antoine lefebvre editions

    LA Art Book Fair Artists: antoine lefebvre editions

    The Hammer is pleased to be a cultural co-sponsor for the fourth consecutive year of Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair on Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14, 2016 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Sara Beattie, Brooke Berlin, and Lauren Molina from the Hammer Store will be on hand at the Hammer’s booth with zines, artist books and editions, rare and out-of-print books, and other signature Hammer items. Each year we post tips and picks from Darin Klein, the Hammer’s public programs associate.

  • Mindy Matters: Inside Out at the Hammer Museum

    Mindy Matters: Inside Out at the Hammer Museum

    As someone with a film studies background, the entire The Contenders series at the Hammer was fascinating to me—what makes up the movies that stand the test of time, and what are the creative forces behind them? When we added Inside Out as our final film in the series last week, with none other than Mindy Kaling in attendance, my academic interest in film collided with my personal fandom.

  • LA Art Book Fair Artists: LAND AND SEA

    LA Art Book Fair Artists: LAND AND SEA

    LAND AND SEA is a small press based in Oakland, California run by Maria Otero and Chris Duncan. LAND AND SEA began during the final days of 2009 and has consistently been publishing small editions of books and records by artists from the bay area and beyond.