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Hammer Museum at UCLA

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Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. Now, the free, UCLA partner institution stages fascinating shows of modern art, photography and design, often with an epmhasis on local artists. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer’s public events calendar (arguably one of the best in the city), chock full of free lectures, concerts and screenings.


10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours:
Tue–Fri 11am–8pm; Sat, Sun 11am–5pm
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Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

  • Contemporary art

The Hammer Museum has a ton of new exhibitions and spaces to show off this spring, including a new lobby, sculpture garden and a brand-new Wilshire-facing gallery. As for the museum’s existing main gallery, it’s been filled with “Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” which features more than 70 works from the likes of John Baldessari, Lee Bontecou, Mark Bradford, Simone Forti, Luchita Hurtado, Mike Kelley and Noah Purifoy, among others. In addition, look out for “Full Burn: Video from the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” which rotates every two weeks; “Cruel Youth Diary: Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection,” with works from the 1990s and 2000s; a solo show in the Vault gallery by Karon Davis; a monumental sculpture by Sanford Biggers; and a dark chamber punctuated by high-intensity laser beams by Rita McBride.

Mindful Awareness Meditation

In the name of keeping Angelenos sane—and who couldn’t use some sanity right now?—the Hammer Museum holds free weekly drop-in sessions on mindful awareness, which is defined as “the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences.” The 30-minute sessions are held on-site at the Hammer, as well as streamed on the museum’s website. If you can’t make it to a program (held Thursdays at 12:30pm), you can listen to the archives. Sessions are led by instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Think of them as your experts in stress reduction and overall health improvement.


  • Festivals

Celebrate one of the most famous days of the year in literature—Bloomsday, when James Joyce’s Ulysses is set. Join other Joyce fanatics at the Hammer for Irish music and pours of Guinness, then a dramatic reading of some of the steamiest and most controversial passages in the novel (you’ll find out why it was banned for a while), followed by even more Guinness and music. Slainte!

Made in L.A.

  • Contemporary art

The Hammer Museum’s excellent, ongoing series of biennial exhibitions ups the ante each year with its spotlight on emerging and under-recognized L.A. artists, and the sixth edition seems like no exception. Titled “Acts of Living,” this year’s show focuses on how art is inseperable from everyday life and includes a mix of new commissions and historical works from 39 up-and-coming and prolific artists, including Marcel Alcalá, Sula Bermúdez-Silverman and Jibz Cameron, among others. Unlike the 2020 edition (which didn’t debut until 2021), this one won’t share its hosting duties with the Huntington. That’s no surprise, though, considering that the Hammer now boasts a larger, fully-realized venue.

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