How Has the Hammer Changed in 27 Years? Just Ask Jack Matsukawa
Security supervisor Jack Matsukawa has been at the Hammer Museum since day one. On the eve of his retirement—after 27 years!—I spoke with Jack about how the Hammer has changed over the years and what he will remember the most.
VER Staff Spotlight: Ramon Espinosa
We continue in our series of VER staff highlights with Ramon Espinosa, Visitor Experience Lead and (spoiler alert) former pastry cook.
Karol Dominguez Ponce on Air Bud, Aparna, and Accessibility to the Arts
I met with Karol, the Visitor Experience Lead Representative for public programs, to learn a little more about what makes programs at the Hammer so special.
A Day in the Life of a VER: Elizabeth Zamets
Our team of 100 Visitor Experience Representatives come from local colleges and universities, encompassing a diverse range of backgrounds and fields of study. VERs, as we call them, are students at UCLA, UCLA Extension, and Santa Monica College. They make up the largest portion of the Hammer’s part-time employment, and the Hammer is the only institution at UCLA that hires international students.
As the Hammer's social media manager, I have the pleasure of scrolling through hundreds of visitor photos each week. I love seeing what artworks and spaces people are most drawn to. But the photos that tend to stand out to me the most are those that capture the lesser-explored areas of the museum.