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.
|Venue name:||Hammer Museum|
10899 Wilshire Blvd
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm|
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The Hammer consistently stages some of the most engaging art exhibitions in the city. Their "Leap Before You Look" show focusing on the art coming out of Black Mountain College was among the most exciting and interesting shows of 2016. Hammer also regularly hosts cool music and dance events in their courtyard space. And, of course, it's all free, which is amazing. The locale is a bit out of the way for non-students, but it's worth the trek.
It's a small art museum that will take you 30 mins to an hour to walk through. Sometimes they'll showcase Monet and Van Gogh. Admission is free! Try out the swirl chairs in the courtyard!