Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum, primarily to house his own collection. Now, under the ownership of UCLA, the Hammer stages fascinating themed shows of modern art, photography and design. The former have included everything from video installations to American comic art; the latter are often drawn from UCLA's Grunwald collection of graphic arts. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer Projects series, focused on emerging artists; works from Hammer's collections; and an excellent, largely free events program that takes in music, films, symposia and so on. Committed to showcasing the works of underrepresented artists from all over the world, the Hammer's multimedia exhibits rotate frequently, so it's worth checking the calendar often. Admission is free on Thursdays, and the museum's open-air courtyard cafe, Ammo, makes for a great post-gallery pit stop.
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Deep Night with Dale Seever
Talk show host Dale Seever (the alter ego of comedian and artist James Bewley) hosts this multi-disciplinary interview show at the Hammer. Guests include comedian Kate Berlant, composer Cyrus Ghahremani, medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom and UCB co-founder...Performances Tuesday February 16 2016 FreeRead more
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957
North Carolina's experimental Black Mountain College managed to support some of the most influential contemporary thinkers in its short 24-year lifespan. Artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Josef and Anni Albers, and Merce Cunningham studied...Contemporary art Sunday February 21 2016 - Sunday May 15 2016 FreeRead more
Made in L.A.
The third in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focuses on work created by 26 emerging and under-recognized LA artists. Within every gallery of the Hammer Museum, you'll find debut and recent work across all mediums: painting, installation, video,...Photography Sunday June 12 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016 FreeRead more