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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

Paul McCarthy's Painter Screening and Q&A
Workers' Rights During a Pandemic
Tampering with Justice: DOJ Drops Case Against Michael Flynn
Constitution Happy Hour - April 30, 2020
Ja'Tovia Gary & Erin Christovale discuss the film "THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT"
Will the Coronavirus Relief Bill Prevent a Great Depression?
"Bad" Feminism with Roxane Gay, Andi Zeisler, and Connie Butler
You Are on Tongva Land: Mercedes Dorame, Angela R. Riley & Wendy Teeter
Peter Sellars & Matthew Aucoin on the relevance of myths
Poet Eduardo Corral reads from his book Slow Lightning
Black on Both Sides Listening Party
Jonathan Gold discusses "City of Gold"
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.