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  • Machine Project 2010/11: A Report

    Machine Project 2010/11: A Report

    Between 2010 and 2011, artists collective Machine Project produced more than seventy-five on-site programs and installations for the Hammer Museum’s Public Engagement Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) program. During the residency, Machine Project examined and utilized nontraditional spaces like the museum’s lobby, a central staircase, and even the coatroom. It also investigated different ideas of audiences—from intimate, focused performances for one or two audience members to dispersed, ambient spatial pieces with no formal audience. Highlights of the residency include an overnight Dream-In in connection with the Hammer’s exhibition The Red Book of C. G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmology, Live Personal Soudnt, in which visitors were presented with the option of “checking out” a musician to follow them around the exhibition while playing live music that only that visitor could hear through headphones; Houseplant Vacation, in which visitors were invited to bring their houseplants to the museum for

  • Films and Conversation explore the Armenian Genocide of 1915

    MON | APR 16 | 7PM | HAMMER SCREENINGS ARARAT Atom Egoyan’s award-winning Ararat is based loosely on the Siege of Van during the Armenian Genocide. While exploring the human impact of that specific historical event, the film also examines the nature of truth and its representation through art. Starring Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, and David Alpay, Ararat was awarded Best Film on Human Rights by the Political Film Society of Hollywood and the Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review in New York. (2002, Dir. Atom Egoyan, 115 min.) A Q&A with actor David Alpay (“Raffi”) will follow the screening. TUE | APR 17 | 7PM | HAMMER SCREENINGS SCREAMERS The documentary Screamers chronicles Grammy Award-winning rock band System of a Down’s efforts to persuade both the British and U.S. governments to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The film explores why genocides repeat

  • 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