November 28, 1990 |
Westwood's new Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center opens to the public today. Its main-stage events are the umpty-eighth reintroduction of Hammer's collection, the official unveiling of the building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and an unprecedented retrospective of the art of the Russian avant-garde visionary Kazimir Malevich. Sunday night, Hammer celebrated with a gala bash.
June 17, 2009 |
Some time next year, a seeing-eye dog may guide visitors -- even those with no vision problems -- through the galleries of the Hammer Museum in Westwood to a pre-selected painting. In San Francisco, young actors in training may be found rounding up an audience for a play staged in a bar or in the rec room of a juvenile detention facility.
May 30, 1991 |
Officials of UCLA and the art museum set up by the late industrialist Armand Hammer are conducting confidential talks that could result in the university taking a major role in the operations of the Westwood museum, The Times has learned. The preliminary discussions are said to be exploring a variety of cooperative options--from UCLA assuming most programming and curatorial operations of the museum to occasional UCLA-organized exhibitions at the Hammer and student use of some of its facilities.
February 27, 2009 |
The Hammer Museum, an institution with a broad historical reach that has transformed itself into a hot spot for contemporary art, will get an infusion of fresh curatorial blood in two top positions. Douglas Fogle, the curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh who organized last year's "Carnegie International," has been appointed chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and public programs at the Westwood institution. Anne Ellegood, a contemporary art specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., has been named the Hammer's chief curator.
February 13, 2014 |
Forget about tea and sympathy. How about tea and morphine? Each of the opium wars launched by France and Britain in 19th century China was less a war on drugs than a war for drugs. The imperialist adventurers were after tea and morphine, and they got what they were after. Morphine is an opiate, tea is loaded with caffeine. The thirst for both was strong in the West, and the East was their common source. A modest but absorbing print exhibition drawn from a promised gift to the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and newly opened at the Hammer Museum pictures one set of unintended consequences that arose in those drug wars' wake.
February 7, 2014 |
Just inside the entrance of Westwood's Hammer Museum stands a human-sized gingerbread hut by artist Nayland Blake. Left unadorned, its friendly, sugary scent wafts throughout the lobby. Across the room and up the museum's sweeping staircase, a harder-edged artwork of towering black-and-white text by Barbara Kruger reaches to the ceiling, dwarfing Blake's hut. "YOU," it screams. "You are here to get cultured. To get smarter, richer, younger, angrier, funnier, skinnier, hipper, hotter, wiser, weirder, cuter, and kinder.
May 24, 2011
BOOKS Marisa Silver Some people just hit the ground running: Marisa Silver was featured in the New Yorker's first "Debut Fiction" issue. Winner of the O. Henry Prize, Silver's fiction has been included in the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. Her new collection of eight beautiful and brutal stories, "Alone With You," is out. Hammer Museum , 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. Scott Weiland Weiland embodied the promise and peril of early '90s rock.
March 8, 1990 |
A Delaware judge has ordered Occidental Petroleum Corp. to provide details by Monday on the source of money used to purchase virtually the entire art collection of Occidental Chairman Armand Hammer. In an order made public Wednesday, the judge also authorized lawyers for dissident Occidental shareholders to take depositions from a top Occidental executive and the administrator of the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, which is under construction in Westwood.
June 12, 1998 |
The amazing transformation of L.A.'s art life during the last 20 years has manifested itself in many ways. Among the more notable has been the emergence of a large, unusually gifted pool of art museum professionals working in the city. Home to five art museums of international stature, as well as to a number of smaller venues of considerable note, Los Angeles claims some of the most talented and accomplished museum people anywhere.
December 20, 1998 |
Not long ago, a veteran art museum director had an epiphany about the state of his profession. Arriving at a meeting of the Assn. of Art Museum Directors, he spotted his colleagues from a distance. He was looking at some of America's most highly revered and well-seasoned cultural leaders, but what he saw was a group of overweight, out-of-shape, gray-haired men in rumpled business suits. Ann Philbin, the director of the Drawing Center in New York, who on Jan. 11 will succeed Henry T.