Hammer Blog

  • Connie Butler appointed as Chief Curator and Aram Moshayedi as Curator

    Connie Butler appointed as Chief Curator and Aram Moshayedi as Curator

    LOS ANGELES—The Hammer Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of two new curators. Cornelia Butler has been appointed Chief Curator at the Hammer. As previously announced in April, Butler will co-curate the Hammer’s biennial exhibition, Made in L.A. 2014, with Michael Ned Holte. Since 2006 Butler has been The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Butler replaces Douglas Fogle, who departed the Hammer in 2011. “Connie is returning to L.A. after an impressive tenure at MoMA and the Hammer is thrilled to be welcoming her back to this community—one she knows very well,” says Ann Philbin, Director of the Hammer Museum. “Her depth of experience and range of knowledge—both in historical as well as contemporary art—make her an ideal choice for the Hammer.” In her new role at the Hammer, Butler will oversee the

  • Celebrate Mom with US

    Celebrate Mom with US

    Celebrate Mother's Day with us this Sunday, May 12. We will be offering free museum admission to all Moms and their guests. In addition, Moms get a free mimosa orFrench press coffee with brunch at AMMO at the Hammer and15% off any single item at the Hammer Store! We also have a  free Family Flicks screening of Winged Migration at 11AM. Winged Migration is the thrilling documentary that transports audiences to each of the world’s continents as it follows countless birds in their natural migratory journeys. Offering scientific insights and technical wizardry, the film is truly a bird’s eye view of the spectacle of nature. (Recommended for ages 7+) MOTHER’S DAY | SUNDAY, MAY 12, 11AM-5PM · Free museum admission for Mom and her guests · Brunch at AMMO includes a free mimosa or French press coffee for Mom · 15% off any single item in the Hammer Store ·

  • Hammer Awarded $100,000 for Westwood Renewal Project

    We are pleased to announce that the Hammer Museum will receive a $100,000 grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation to implement our urban renewal project Arts ReStore LA: Westwood. Thank you for the overwhelming support and to everyone who made this possible. The Hammer was one of ten winners of the Goldhirsh Foundation’s My LA2050 challenge, which asked organizations across the city to address our region’s toughest challenges. “We’re all thrilled to have received LA2050’s arts and cultural vitality grant,” said Hammer director Ann Philbin. “Now it is time to roll up our sleeves, get to work, and show how Los Angeles’ creative community can be a forceful economic driver.” Arts ReStore LA: Westwood will tap into the thriving Los Angeles creative community to revitalize Westwood Village. On Westwood Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in the Village, and adjacent to the Hammer, nearly half of the storefronts are

  • Recent Acquisition | 'Case in Point'

    Recent Acquisition | 'Case in Point'

    The Hammer Museum has recently acquired a major work by John Outterbridge. Case in Point (c. 1970) is featured in the Hammer’s exhibition Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980. Assembled from leather and other materials and closely resembling a bag of grenades, this work communicates intense feelings about Outterbridge’s experience of being ushered to the back of a bus in 1955 despite his being in full army uniform. With Case in Point, Outterbridge confronts the all-too-common reality of racism that African Americans experienced at home after serving the country abroad in the Korean War. Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 is currently ON VIEW at MoMA PS1, New York, New York and will travel to Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown Massachusetts (July 20 - December 1, 2013). [John Outterbridge. Case in Point, from the Rag Man Series, c. 1970. Mixed media, 12 x 12 x 24

  • Inspired by 'Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles'

    Inspired by 'Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles'

    Monday, March 11 is your last chance to see Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, at MoMA PS1 in New York. When Now Dig This! opened at the Hammer Museum in October 2011 we launched a school outreach program that continues today. One of the first schools we welcomed was the Willows Community School in Culver City. Inspired by the exhibition,Willows Community middle school students (and budding artists) created these amazing sketches following in the tradition of Pacific Standard Time. We hope the students of New York were just as inspired. Want to see more images? Check out our Tumblr. Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 was presented as part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California. Organized by the Hammer and curated by Columbia University professorKellie Jones, Now Dig This! chronicled and celebrated the nuanced and multicultural history of