Harry Dodge on Jim Shaw's Dream Object
"Dream Object (I was looking at drawings of successful business men which became increasingly distorted and became a pornographic hedge…)" is a big, multi-part graphite drawing by Jim Shaw, and in Living Apart Together, it’s sandwiched between Nayland Blake’s erotic restraints piece and Barbara Smith’s “Field Piece,” a maze of objects that look a lot like giant sex toys.
Members Celebrate Oliver Payne and Keiichi Tanaami
On Saturday, May 6, Hammer members celebrated the opening of Hammer Projects: Oliver Payne and Keiichi Tanaami with an artist conversation, cocktail reception, and t-shirt launch.
Jimmie Durham Inspires Us to Think About Stereotypes
Jimmie Durham’s exhibition can be complicated to talk about with young ones (and grown-ups, for that matter), which made it all the more important to organize a Hammer Kids program around his work.
On Digitally Archiving an Exhibition
Earlier this month, the Hammer launched a digital archive of the 2014 exhibition Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, part of a series of digital initiatives funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
What you would miss at the Hammer without the NEA and NEH
Support from the NEA for the Hammer’s exhibitions is much more valuable than simply providing funding that helps make these shows possible. It also carries great symbolic value, calling attention to important work by artists that should be experienced by American audiences. –Anne Ellegood, senior curator
Remembering Trisha Brown
Trisha Brown passed away on Saturday, March 18 at the age of 80 in San Antonio, Texas. Brown’s choreography, described as a combination of “the cerebral and sensuous sides of dance,” incorporated quotidian activities such as walking, jumping, and running with more complicated movements, resulting in pieces that felt both casual and spontaneous but also highly composed.