May 8, 1990 |
Noting that a sealed deposition in a shareholder lawsuit over the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center shows the museum intends to engage in "novel methods to seek funds" that "are likely to be controversial," a Delaware judge has rejected a petition by The Times to make the court document public.
November 27, 1990 |
Industrialist/philanthropist/art collector/nonagenarian Armand Hammer drew up a list of 800 friends and threw a big, splashy dinner party Sunday night to celebrate the opening of his new Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Westwood. (It opens to the public Wednesday.) Guests were greeted by a Christmas tree, a pianist at a white baby grand piano and a welcoming committee of waiters bearing flutes of Perrier-Jouet champagne.
January 28, 1993 |
For almost a decade, it seems, Westwood Village's problems have been as vexing as Wilshire Boulevard traffic at rush hour. First, there were the long-term leases that began to expire in the early 1980s, forcing out some tenants who could not--or would not--pay higher rents. Then came the competition from new or redesigned shopping plazas--Westside Pavilion, Century City Shopping Center and the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The recession took its toll on several Westwood merchants.
April 3, 1990 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp.--confirming for the first time publicly that it is the owner of $1.4 million worth of art associated with its chairman, Armand Hammer--has disclosed it has donated the works to the museum named for Hammer. In a routine filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Occidental also disclosed an additional $2.3 million it intends to commit to build the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Westwood and support Hammer's art collection.
March 13, 1989 |
Ensconced on the 16th floor of the Occidental Petroleum Center building in Westwood, Armand Hammer is master of all he surveys: his corporate headquarters, an art collection that he values at $400 million and a massive hole in the ground. Hammer's oil empire has brought him wealth and power, his collection has allowed him to become a self-styled cultural diplomat, but if all goes according to plan, the hole in the ground and the building above may change all that.
November 25, 1990 |
One day in early 1978, industrialist Armand Hammer contacted a Danish art historian and asked him to take a look at a painting--acquired in a swap of artworks with the Soviet government--that he didn't much care for and wanted to sell.