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  • Hammer Acquires Barbara Kruger’s "The Globe Shrinks"

    Hammer Acquires Barbara Kruger’s "The Globe Shrinks"

    The Hammer Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of Barbara Kruger’s The Globe Shrinks (2010), which debuted at Mary Boone Gallery, New York, in 2010 and was shown this spring at Sprueth Magers, London. The piece is currently on view L&M Arts, Venice, CA in her first one-person exhibition in the region since 1999. The four-channel, 13-minute video installation features performers delivering Kruger’s insightful, often biting commentary on contemporary society, intercut with her signature provocative text panels and images of fundamentalist religious gatherings. In this immersive work, Kruger elaborates on her ongoing interest in societal hierarchies, power structures, interpersonal exchange, and consumer culture. "The Hammer's purchase of The Globe Shrinksinks is so important to me. Having spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, this support of my most recent video installation is tremendously appreciated and means so much,” said Barbara Kruger. Today the Los Angeles County

  • Jessica Catron Summer Residency

    Jessica Catron Summer Residency

    Join us this summer for a residency with musician and sound curator Jessica Catron. For her first project Insect Ensemble, performers are scattered around the Hammer courtyard making insect noises with hand percussion and mouth sounds. Pictured below is the first ensemble on June 9th, performed by Jessica Catron, Corey Fogel, Jessica Basta, Paloma Udovic and Leticia Castaneda. There are two more Insect Ensembles scheduled on June 11th 6-7pm and June 17th 6-7pm. Check here for details: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/17 Up next, Sing Your Favorite Book, a project in which performers will sing excerpts from their favorite books in conjunction with the exhibition Ed Ruscha: On the Road. Finally Catron will present Disassembled String Ensemble, a string quartet attempting to perform together while interspersed around the museum terraces. Check here for details: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/17 --- BIOGRAPHY Jessica Catron grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, had

  • On View at Cafe Hammer: Apart/Together

    Still from Apart/Together, 2009. Three-channel video, sound, continuous loop. Courtesy of the artist and The Company, Los Angeles. ON DISPLAY AT CAFE HAMMER, May 16 – July 10, 2011 Apart/Together, a three-channel video by Jesse Fleming ---- ARTIST Q&A I sat down with Jesse Fleming to chat about his work Apart/Together on view at Cafe Hammer. We discussed the year he spent filming a domesticated pigeon coop on the roof his Brooklyn studio in 2009. He talked about immersing himself into the study of the pigeons, observing communities of birds together and separately in their immediate environment in order to “to describe the nature of the isolated self amongst the unified collective”. The following is an excerpt from that conversation. ---Elizabeth Cline, Curatorial Associate, Public Engagement EC: When I first saw Apart/Together I was thinking of the piece as three strategies of observation on one subject. There was the

  • Hammer Museum and KCRW Present the 2011 "ALSO I LIKE TO ROCK" Music Series

    The free, all ages concerts will feature emerging bands on four consecutive Thursdays in July The Hammer courtyard turns electric in July, when Also I Like to Rock returns for a series of free concerts featuring today’s top emerging bands. Presented in partnership with KCRW 89.9 FM and curated by Buzz Bands LA, the evenings kick off at 7pm with DJ sets by KCRW’s own selectors followed by two band performances at 8pm, including headliners Graffiti6, The Soft Pack, Grouplove, and The Henry Clay People. The full line up is below. DJs start at 7pm and bands play at 8pm. Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members and KCRW subscribers at all levels receive priority entry and exclusive access to the VIP lounge. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of $3 parking available after 6pm under the museum. During

  • Update Regarding Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

    We are pleased to report that Ai Weiwei has been allowed to see his wife, the artist Lu Qing, for the first time since his detainment on April 3. Go here to read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/detained-china-artist-ai-weiwei-allowed-to-see-wife/2011/05/16/AFDGzk4G_story.html SIGN THIS PETITION TO CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF AI WEIWEI If you have not done so already, please consider signing the petition calling for his release. http://www.change.org/petitions/call-for-the-release-of-ai-weiwei On April 3, internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained at the Beijing airport while en route to Hong Kong, and his papers and computers were seized from his studio compound. We members of the international arts community express our concern for Ai’s freedom and disappointment in China’s reluctance to live up to its promise to nurture creativity and independent thought, the keys to “soft power” and cultural influence. Our institutions have some of the largest online museum communities in