Hammer Blog

  • United We Stand

    United We Stand

    Public Engagement Project by Lisa Anne Auerbach Last spring artist Lisa Anne Auerbach trained as a Hammer security guard to gain insight on the role of guards at the museum. She subsequently worked shifts in the galleries that informed her Public Engagement project, United We Stand. For her subtle intervention, Auerbach replaced the guards’ standard blazers with a new set, tailored for each guard and bearing a slogan on the back related to standing. She honed in on standing as she found it to be a definitive element of her experience as a guard, physically taxing and particular to the guards’ job at the museum. “I wanted my project to both call attention to the personality and humanity of the guard and to encourage viewers to consider one aspect of their daily experience, that of standing,” says Auerbach. “At the same time, my goal was to respect the anonymity

  • Hammer Museum to Award Mohn Prize during Made in L.A. 2012

    THE HAMMER MUSEUM TO AWARD THE MOHN PRIZE DURING MADE IN L.A. 2012 A professional jury and the public will select one artist to receive this $100,000 prize The Hammer Museum is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mohn Prize in conjunction with the inauguration of Made in L.A. 2012. Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, the $100,000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the exhibition and will be accompanied by the publication of a book on the finalist’s work. The Mohn Prize follows in the tradition of the Tate's Turner Prize and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Bucksbaum Award. However it is differentiated in one significant way: while a professional jury will select five finalists for the Mohn Prize, the winner will be chosen by visitors to the exhibition through online voting

  • 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