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Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum at UCLA

Time Out says

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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Andrea Bowers

  • Contemporary art

Tackling issues like immigration rights, workers’ rights, climate justice and women’s rights, the work of Los Angeles artist Andrea Bowers is nearly always imbued with a message. Her latest exhibition at the Hammer Museum (which debuted in Chicago) assembles a collection of work that documents decades of activism, including a Radical Feminist Pirate Ship Tree-Sitting Platform and a video piece that features Indigenous rights activists fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

KCRW Summer Nights

Everyone’s favorite NPR member station has a hand in a slew of summer concert slates at public plazas and beloved museums, and this summer’s schedule is particularly packed. Familiar KCRW DJs and local buzz bands will be providing free, open-air tunes on select nights from July through September at the Hammer Museum, One Colorado, CAAM, Descanso Gardens, Bowers Museum, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, JANM and—our favorite—the party-till-midnight bashes at Chinatown Central Plaza. This year’s lineup features Ambar Lucid, Hana Vu and Mark de Clive-Lowe, among others, and KCRW DJs including Anthony Valadez, Jason Bentley, Novena Carmel and more. The details slightly differ at each spot, but you can typically expect a bunch of food trucks, beer gardens and after-hours museum admission. Regardless of the location, you really can’t go wrong with any evening spent at Summer Nights.

Summer Night Cinema

Scope out the galleries at the Hammer (until 7:30pm) and then catch a screening of mostly music documentaries and concert films during this free series on most Tuesday nights in the summer.

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