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A square grid of 18 portraits in two-tones blue and white. Portraits are of varied adults of various ages and genders.

Art has the power to transport us and to give insight into pressing cultural, political, and social questions. The Hammer's lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and performances aim to spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas.

Many of these programs were recorded, and we've selected highlights below. Find more on our YouTube channel.

You can also watch interviews with Hammer artists.

Recently added videos

Artist Paul McCarthy talks to curators about his work
Hitomi Oba Group
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Simon Reynolds
Poet Joy Harjo reads recent work, February 2020
A Dutchman in Paris
Vincent in Arles
Visions in Saint-Rémy and Auvers
Writer Jamaica Kincaid reads, February 2020
Jane Fonda, Laura Flanders & Janet Valenzuela on environmental justice
Poet Jorie Graham reads, January 2020
All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.


Readings are supported by GRoW @ Annenberg.

Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.