Hammer Blog

  • Hammergram: March 2016

    Hammergram: March 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.

  • “…this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy”: Dance on Film

    “…this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy”: Dance on Film

    We began our programming season with the dance documentary First Position (Bess Kargman, 2011) and our current Black Mountain College exhibition and programming highlights the ways that dance was integral to the school’s interdisciplinary, experiential approach to arts education. With dance and film on our minds, we decided to think deeply about our favorite dance movies of all time – a daunting feat, no doubt, since a bad dance film is like a bad pizza (i.e., delicious nonetheless).

  • Art in Conversation: Ruth Asawa and Merce Cunningham

    Art in Conversation: Ruth Asawa and Merce Cunningham

    On Sunday March 6, my fellow student educator Audrey and I facilitated an Art in Conversation with museumgoers in Leap Before you Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. Just half an hour long, Art in Conversation is designed to place two art pieces in conversation with each other.

  • Where are They Now? Grunwald Center Works on View at the Getty Museum

    Where are They Now? Grunwald Center Works on View at the Getty Museum

    Ten important works from the Grunwald Center’s collection are currently on view in the exhibition, Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints, which will be open at the Getty Museum until May 15, 2016. The exhibition explores how ideas about psychological interiority and imagination developed in tandem with new technologies for representing black during the Industrial Revolution.

  • Dissolving Beauty: George Platt Lyne’s Kate Lawson

    Dissolving Beauty: George Platt Lyne’s Kate Lawson

    "Kate Lawson," a striking vintage gelatin silver print acquired by the Grunwald Center last year, anticipates the eccentric, non-canonical beauty that has become a hallmark of works by Catherine Opie, whose arresting portraits of artists and designers are currently on view at the Hammer Museum.