Hammer Blog

  • This Week in A.I.R. / September 4-5

    Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5, 1-5pm Level5 Level5 is a live action role playing performance piece by Brody Condon, based on the Bay Area self actualization seminars of the 1970’s. Condon’s work draws together disparate communities – performative folk artists, performance artists, and practioners of experimental theater – to explore the construction of the self. In this two day participatory piece, fifty players will transform via the characters, or alibis, that they assume. Visitors are welcomed to watch Level5live-streamed video to the Billy Wilder Theater on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. Saturday, September 4, 1-4pm Little William Theater Festival of New Music This week the clarinet duo, James Sullivan and Brian Walsh, will play new compositions commissioned especially for the Festival. The Festival of New Music comprises four resident ensembles, 96 composers, 350+ new works, and over 400 concerts inside a coatroom, under the stairs in the

  • This Week in A.I.R. / August 21

    SATURDAY, August 21st HOUSEPLANT VACATION 1-4:00pm Lindbrook Terrace Performance schedule for plants: 1-2pm Haruko Tanaka, one half of the artist intuitive duo Krystal Krunch, will conduct a follow up to Krystal Krunch partner, Asher Hartman's August 7th visit. She will check in with the plants and relay any energetic messages received. 2-3pm Laura Steenberge will address the plants with a battery of readings specially tailored to maximize plant efficacy 3-4pm Robert Crouch will perform an improvised sound work exploring the intersection of music, public space, and landscape. His performance will incorporate a collection of processed field recordings culled from a variety of sources including Hollywood Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park, and a recent performance by artist Julie Tolentino. Sublamp (Los Angeles based artist Ryan Connor) uses sampled string instruments and a selection of field recordings to create a slowly evolving time-based map of an imagined landscape. This audio map

  • Houseplant Vacation Photos

    Houseplant Vacation Photos

    Houseplants in need of a vacation came to the Hammer to hydrate, rejuvenate, and pose for post-spa portraits by conceptual artist Lisa Anne Auerbach. A Hammer regular, Lisa organized the very first Bike Night at the Hammer and was in the Hammer exhibition Nine Lives. She is a local bike enthusiast, sweater slogan maker, and avid blogger. Here is a behind-the-scenes tour of our houseplant haven, plus houseplants all spruced up! Lisa prepares a plant for the camera. This plant is ready for its close-up. A plant gets some last-minute touch-ups before it sits for the camera. Good little plant. A plant in hair and make-up. "I can't work like this!" Sometimes candid is better. "Wait, get me from my good side." "Sometimes the humidity makes my hair fall flat." "Really? It makes mine stick out all over the place." Plants were treated to complimentary

  • This Week in A.I.R. / August 14

    HOUSEPLANT VACATION 1-4:30pm Lindbrook Terrace Performance schedule for plants: 1-2pm - Kristina Faragher will perform a meditative tarot read by drawing a card for every plant and interpreting the symbolism 2-3pm - Anthony McCann and Kirsty Singer will read poems both for plants and about plants 3-4pm - The musical group ing (John Wood and Max Markowitz) will play music for plants 4-4:30pm - Jonathon Keats will give artist talk for plants about his Plant Pornography series THIS WEEK IN THE LITTLE WILLIAM THEATER 1-4pm The Festival of New Music continues in the Little William Theater. The Festival of New Music comprises four resident ensembles, 96 composers, 350+ new works, and over 400 concerts inside a coatroom, under the stairs in the lobby of the Hammer Museum. All works have been commissioned for this festival and are under two minutes in length. Concerts are every Saturday from August through

  • This Week in A.I.R. / August 7

    SATURDAY, August 7th HOUSEPLANT VACATION 1-4pm Lindbrook Terrace Performance schedule for plants: 1-2pm - Asher Hartman will meditate with the vacationing plants to enter into their world (and possibly yours) for intuitive healing. 2-3pm - Janet Sarbanes will read stories for plants about gardens. 3-4pm - Mary Frances Spencer will offer the plants a Sound Bath with Resonant Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Singing bowls, Tuning Forks and other Tonal Instruments. THIS WEEK IN THE LITTLE WILLIAM THEATER 1-4pm This week in the LWT we are proud to kick off the Festival of New Music! The Festival of New Music comprises four resident ensembles, 96 composers, 350+ new works, and over 400 concerts inside a coatroom, under the stairs in the lobby of the Hammer Museum. All works have been commissioned for this festival and are under two minutes in length. Concerts are every Saturday from August through November from 1:00

  • Q&A with Artist Eric Baudelaire

    A study for "Sugar Water," on view at the Hammer through September 26, 2010. This interview was conducted by electronic mail. Questions were composed by the Hammer’s new media associate Amanda Law. Look for more information on Eric Baudelaire's film here. AL: How difficult was the production process? How many rehearsals and shoots? EB: The choreography had to be planned quite carefully because the film is shot in one take. We didn’t have many actors, I think around 15, and I needed them to fill the time and the space of the film. There aren’t that many possibilities for entrances and exits on a subway platform. The rhythm and the logic of the work are set by the billposter. The choreography of the passengers and the sound of a subway off-camera are timed in cycles around his activity. Most postures and gestures are simple reenactments of real attitudes