Hammer Gala in the Garden


Gala in the Garden

An annual highlight of the Los Angeles cultural calendar, the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden celebrates the artists, innovators, and icons who have made profound contributions to society through their work.

Our fifteenth annual Gala in the Garden honoring Ava DuVernay and Hilton Als took place on Saturday, October 14, 2017. See a recap from the evening.

Each year, proceeds from the gala provide essential support for all that we do at the Hammer, from landmark exhibitions to provocative public programs to deeply rooted projects with young and emerging L.A. artists. Past honorees have included Joan Didion, Frank Gehry, Diane Keaton, Tony Kushner, and Joni Mitchell, as well as artists Mark Bradford, Barbara Kruger, Cathy Opie, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and others.

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Photos from the 2017 Gala in the Garden
Honoring Ava DuVernay and Hilton Als

Gala in the Garden 2017

Photos from the 2016 Gala in the Garden
Honoring Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes

Gala in the Garden 2016

Photos from the 2015 Gala in the Garden
Honoring Diane Keaton and Paul McCarthy

Gala in the Garden 2015

Photos from the 2014 Gala in the Garden
Honoring Mark Bradford and Joni Mitchell

Gala in the Garden 2014