Hammer Blog

  • Coming Soon: The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis

    On View October 24 - February 7, 2010 This October the Hammer Museum presents seminal comic artist R. Crumb’s adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis. Crumb has spent the last five years on this incredibly ambitious endeavor. The exhibition features 207 individual, black-and-white drawings incorporating every word from all fifty chapters, as well as a cover, title page, introduction and back cover. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels illustrating the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and more. Using his signature bawdy style, Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis puts an entirely new twist on the Bible. This highly anticipated project has been building momentum over the last few years and it has established a huge fan base among comic and art lovers around the world. For nearly fifty years R. Crumb has contributed a plethora

  • Coming Soon: Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer

    SECOND NATURE: THE VALENTINE-ADELSON COLLECTION AT THE HAMMER On View July 19 - October 4, 2009 Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer is the first public presentation of sculpture from the extraordinary gift made by Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson to the Hammer Museum in 2007, when Valentine joined the Museum's Board of Overseers. The Valentine-Adelson Collection comprises more than 50 sculptures by 29 Los Angeles artists, made from 1995 to the present. The exhibition will present a selection of work from The Valentine-Adelson Collection and will be mounted in the Hammer's permanent collection galleries. This exhibition is curated by Douglas Fogle, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Hammer and Ali Subotnick, curator. Sculpture has been a vital and inventive area of artistic practice in Los Angeles for more than forty years. In particular during the last two decades a significant number

  • Hammer awarded $1 million Irvine grant

    From the Los Angeles Times James Irvine Foundation rewards the innovators The Hammer Museum is among recipients of a new round of Arts Innovation Fund grants. By Susan Emerling READ THE L.A. TIMES ARTICLE HERE ------- HAMMER NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 17, 2009 Contact: Sarah L. Stifler, Communications, 310-443-7056, [email protected] Hammer Museum Awarded $1 Million Grant by The James Irvine Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund for Artist-Driven Programs to Engage Visitors and Activate Spaces Los Angeles - The Hammer Museum announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund—one of only four major grants made state-wide from this fund. The grant is payable over four years and will enable the Hammer to create a new kind of interactive museum: an artist-driven visitor engagement and education program that encourages daily contact among visitors, artists, and Museum staff and

  • The Year of the Ox: Lantern Festival

    From Guangdong in the south of China to Dandong in the frigid northeast and finally back to Beijing before the end of the Spring Festival days of celebration were over. I landed in Beijing to the sounds of guess what? Fireworks! From my apartment perch on the 24th floor I could watch a 24-hour citywide display of the sounds and sights of every type of firework imaginable.