Hammer Blog

  • Dream Home Resource Center, July 27-August 4, 2013

    Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros’s most recent investigation into the realm of home ownership, addresses the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity. Inspired in part by the Hammer Museum’s exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living and Jones’s vision of modern architecture, Koumoundouros fast-forwards more than half a century to the present, a moment filled with far less optimism about housing in the United States.

  • Flash Talk: A. Quincy Jones’ Former Students

    Flash Talk: A. Quincy Jones’ Former Students

    In conjunction with the current exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living on view through September 8, 2013 Thursday, July 18, 2013 | Gallery 4 USC Class of ’52 Reunion to Honor Former Professor A. Quincy Jones 1952. The year Singin’ In The Rain was released, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes were introduced in grocery stores, and the Big Bang Theory of the universe was first proposed. This was also the year Frank Mosher, J. V. Ouzounian, Don Park, and Robert Tyler took a fifth-year design class at the University of Southern California (USC) taught by none other than A. Quincy Jones. More than a half of a century after their graduation, the four architects had a class reunion on July 18 in Hammer Gallery 4 and shared their experiences with museum staff and visitors—the A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living exhibition quite appropriately serving as the backdrop to the Flash

  • Dream Home Resource Center, July 23-28, 2013

    Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros’s most recent investigation into the realm of home ownership, addresses the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity. Inspired in part by the Hammer Museum’s exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living and Jones’s vision of modern architecture, Koumoundouros fast-forwards more than half a century to the present, a moment filled with far less optimism about housing in the United States.

  • Air China II

    Air China II

    As all things in China rapidly change so does the air quality. If it doesn’t happen naturally, the government will see to it. In 2008, China seeded the air to produce rain in Beijing to clear the air for the Olympics. I was walking down the street one day with a friend and it started to rain, but it was not like a real rain, it fell in a strange misty drizzle. My friend said, “Do you know that this is not real rain, it is produced by the government.” But it cleaned things up a bit for sure. Now, can they and Washington clean the other things up also? In the photos you can see amazing blue skies from the Beijing airport to the Forbidden City to the Great Wall… Good (H)air day! -James Elaine

  • Skeletons and Silicon

    Skeletons and Silicon

    Every year, the Hammer Museum offers a unique opportunity for UCLA graduate students to curate an exhibition from the Grunwald Collection of Graphic Arts housed in the Grunwald Study Center. This year, history of science doctoral candidates Marissa Petrou and Twyla Ruby collaborated in organizing a compelling exhibition highlighting the entwined histories of science and art. Skeletons and Silicon: The Art and Science of The Human Bodywill be on view in the Grunwald Study Center through August 2013. Below is their exhibition essay. A skeletal figure dances gracefully across a celestial field in Nancy Sutor's photomontage Skeleton (1982). Here, the scientific icon has been reimagined and imbued with vitality. In Barbara Morgan's Inner and Outer Man (1972) a luminous x-ray of a skull and spine is superimposed against the dark silhouette of a man's head. In this dual portrait of her recently deceased husband, the two representations comprise a palimpsest

  • Dream Home Resource Center, July 19-26, 2013

    Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros’s most recent investigation into the realm of home ownership, addresses the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity. Inspired in part by the Hammer Museum’s exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living and Jones’s vision of modern architecture, Koumoundouros fast-forwards more than half a century to the present, a moment filled with far less optimism about housing in the United States.

  • RECAP: Lunchtime Art Talk on Dream Home Resource Center

    RECAP: Lunchtime Art Talk on Dream Home Resource Center

    Lunchtime Art Talk: Dream Home Resource Center With Allison Agsten Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros’ most recent installation, has put a bump in the proverbial road of museums across the city paying homage to Pacific Standard Time’s recognition and celebration of residential architecture in Los Angeles. But it is a bump that the Hammer Museum is more than proud to host since Dream Home Resource Center has come to serve as the raw, not-so-glamorous addition to the otherwise sleek and glassy buildings a part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Despite its welcoming vibe, donning rainbow doors and furniture painted gold, Dream Home Resource Center doesn’t scream sunshine and good times so much as it reveals the seedy underbelly of housing in Los Angeles. It boasts a timeline that wraps around its walls with facts and significant events including the notorious housing crisis. The

  • Air China

    Air China

    There has been a lot of international attention drawn to the air quality of China and of Beijing recently. At times the air here has been horrific, but other times crystal and serene, granted that is rare. I live here, see it, and breathe it everyday. I will post several photo blogs on the air and environment conditions seen through the eyes of an artist, not a newscaster. It will try to illustrate what is real and what is purported or perceived to be real. When the air here is so thick that I cannot see the buildings across the street, I call it a “Monet Day.” That is what we should all be able to do, make the best of our world and lives in transition. I can hardly make out the name of Air China (airlines) on the planes at the Beijing International Airport as I

  • Dream Home Resource Center, July 12-19, 2013

    Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros’s most recent investigation into the realm of home ownership, addresses the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity. Inspired in part by the Hammer Museum’s exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living and Jones’s vision of modern architecture, Koumoundouros fast-forwards more than half a century to the present, a moment filled with far less optimism about housing in the United States.

  • Gan Bei!

    Gan Bei!

    2013 Spring Festival/Chinese New Year of the Snake Every year since 2008, when I moved to China, during the Chinese New Year I travel to different locations to visit friend’s hometowns. Usually my friend’s homes are in very remote rural areas where I am the first foreigner to set foot in their village or home. This year, Lin Lei, a friend who has been my part time assistant invited me to go with him and two other friends to his home in Long Hua, Hebei Province, north east of Beijing. He warned me it was going to be cold, and it was! -18c at times. I didn’t have a seat on the train from Beijing, but it was not too bad, only an 8 hour or so trip. I know people who travel 24 + hours during the Spring Festival with no seat or bed on trains so crowded

  • RECAP: John Baldessari + Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager

    RECAP: John Baldessari + Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager

    Hammer Conversations | John Baldessari + Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager Moderated by Bob Monk Sunday, June 23, 2013 A serpentine line of eager art enthusiasts lined the museum’s courtyard for June 23rd’s Hammer Conversation. On this balmy Sunday afternoon, fans of the revered Los Angeles-based artists John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha arrived in hordes to see the two in conversation about their fellow friend and artist, the late Richard Artschwager. The talk was to be moderated by Bob Monk, director of Gagosian Gallery’s Uptown Gallery, New York, and judging by the chattering crowd clad in cheery summer attire and dispositions to match—this was going to be good. The Billy Wilder Theater lights dimmed and were replaced by the luminaries who took the stage after a warm introduction given by the Hammer’s director of public programs, Claudia Bestor. It wasn’t long before we learned just how enamored Monk, Baldessari

  • Dream Home Resource Center, July 6-14, 2013

    Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros's most recent investigation into the realm of home ownership, addresses the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity. Inspired in part by the Hammer Museum's exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living and Jones's vision of modern architecture, Koumoundouros fast-forwards more than half a century to the present, a moment filled with far less optimism about housing in the United States.

  • Ni Hao!

    Ni Hao!

    I am happy to announce the opening of Telescope, a non-profit styled project space in a rare but still existing urban village of Beijing. The village of Cao Chang Di houses many of Beijing’s best contemporary art galleries and is very close to the well known 798 art district. Telescope is in a converted massage parlor and the first Cao Chang Di gallery not in a segregated gallery area. The central focus and purpose of Telescope is to give voice and support to the emerging artists of China, to provide opportunities and exposure for them here and abroad. There are no other spaces like Telescope in China, so the potential to directly help the art community in a unique way and to provide a non-commercial model is great. I hope that we can develop future collaborations with museums, non-profits, galleries, and collectors in the west. A Telescope website is