Now at the Hammer: Leap Before You Look

 

Leap SignFrom 1933–57, a small, avant-garde liberal arts school in North Carolina created powerful waves in the art world, with repercussions that continue to impact art practice and arts education to this day. Black Mountain College, located in the bucolic …

3.9.16

Down the Rabbit Hole with Author and Potter Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, whose books illuminate his studio art practice and vice versa, making for a joyful, if rambling, journey down the rabbit hole of his wide-ranging artistic fascinations. Now is an apt time to consider de Waal’s oeuvre, as the august Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills is currently featuring his new ceramics.
2.9.16

Catherine Opie: Having an LA moment

One rainy day last weekend, I found myself in the Hammer Bookstore, one of my favorite places. I'd ventured out to see the new portraits by Catherine Opie, the LA photographer whose work is hanging simultaneously in two places around town. And, I fell in love.
2.3.16

Polar Love

Where can you pose with a polar bear in a snowstorm and snuggle up in a Zen Den to watch a live cam of polar bears in migration? At The Annenberg Space for Photography's Pearls of the Planet Live Cam, a creative immersive light and sound experience that helps kids learn about the migratory habits of polar bears.
12.12.15

Heal the World: A Path Appears at the Skirball

The holidays offer a natural time to consider how each of us can make a difference in our increasingly complex world. As we prepare abundant meals for loved ones and consider our gifts for the holidays, it's a natural time for reflection on how to give back. We are aways inspired by examples of meaningful social change, and so recommend a new, highly interactive exhibition that has just opened at the Skirball Cultural Center.
11.19.15

For the Clever and Brave of Heart: Escape Rooms in LA

There’s something new in entertainment, not just in Los Angeles, but around the country and the world.  Maze rooms (also called escape rooms), are a new hour-long adventure phenomenon that send you and fellow gamers into a locked room where you must assemble clues and use your brain to get out again.  Can your team can solve the riddle before the hour is up? Success calls on cleverness and the ability to work together - though admittedly, the added pressure of being eaten by a Zombie might factor in, too!
8.26.15

Allen Ginsberg’s Howl by Allen Ruppersberg

In an exhibit titled The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book, the iconic poem "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg is re-interpreted by conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg. It's an awesome sight, and best viewed while listening to Ginsberg himself reading the hallmark text of the Beat Generation.
8.13.15

Now at The Hammer: Joseph Holtzman

This summer’s Hammer Project by artist Joseph Holtzman defies expectations on several fronts. If you are likely to assume that a project gallery at the super-cool Hammer would feature the work of a newly minted MFA art star, you’d be …

8.13.15

Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth at The Hammer Museum

Mark Bradford, a much beloved and collected painter, is an ingenius Angeleno whose first LA solo show, Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth, is on view at the Hammer through September 27, 2015. A MacArthur Genius awardee who is a suprising 6'7" tall, Bradford grew up in Leirmert Park …

6.30.15