Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Hammer Museum
Museum / Los Angeles

The Hammer Museum at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world.

The Hammer Museum champions the art and artists who challenge us to see the world in a new light, to experience the unexpected, to ignite our imaginations, and inspire change.

The Hammer understands that art not only has the power to transport us through aesthetic experience but can also provide significant insight into some of the most pressing cultural, political, and social questions of our time. We share the unique and invaluable perspectives that artists have on the world around us.

A vibrant intellectual and creative nexus, the Hammer is fueled by dynamic exhibitions and programs – including lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances – that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas.

And through our unwavering commitment to free admission and free public programs, the Hammer is open for all and free for good.

The Hammer Museum is one of three public arts units of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Diedrick Brackens
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Hammer Museum
Museum / Los Angeles

The Hammer Museum at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world.

The Hammer Museum champions the art and artists who challenge us to see the world in a new light, to experience the unexpected, to ignite our imaginations, and inspire change.

The Hammer understands that art not only has the power to transport us through aesthetic experience but can also provide significant insight into some of the most pressing cultural, political, and social questions of our time. We share the unique and invaluable perspectives that artists have on the world around us.

A vibrant intellectual and creative nexus, the Hammer is fueled by dynamic exhibitions and programs – including lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances – that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas.

And through our unwavering commitment to free admission and free public programs, the Hammer is open for all and free for good.

The Hammer Museum is one of three public arts units of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA.

Diedrick Brackens
  • Grey Crawford. Chroma, 1978–85, Vol 1
    Publication
    Beam Editions
    International
    In 1978 Grey Crawford created a body of colour photographic work that was so radical in its aesthetic and technique that few people to this day understand how it was made. Chroma documents late 70s Los Angeles in a period of radical urban transformation. Scenes of vernacular architecture, demolition sites and everyday places are contrasted with graphic forms that float on the surface and sit within the image. (more…)
  • Adrianna Ault: Levee
    Publication
    Void
    International
    Adrianna Ault was raised in New Orleans where a 350 mile levee system controls and holds back flood waters. This project began as Ault attempted to better understand the landscape surrounding the city, but evolved over the course of 5-years to encompass her changing family, journeys they took and the processing of grief. The levee became a metaphor for the barriers built in an attempt to ward off inevitable decline, and the onslaught of time and nature. (more…)
  • Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński: H(a)untings / Heim Suchungen
    Publication
    Sternberg Press
    International
    To challenge hegemonic archives, and with them the representations of Blackness inhabiting these very spaces, is to struggle for connection, voice, language, not least for images. Even more so in a time and space in which the stickiness of a colonial past is dismissed. Dealing with the hauntings and echoes of Austria’s colonial past, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński – visual artist, writer, and recipient of the Camera Austria Prize 2021 – sets the stage for the what-if (more…)
  • Aria Dean: Abattoir
    Feb 8 – May 5, 2024
    ICA
    London, UK
    Aria Dean: Abattoir is the New York-based artist’s first exhibition in the UK. The exhibition of the artist’s recent work explores the foundational relationship between modernity and death on conceptual and material levels. The ICA’s main gallery features Dean’s Abattoir, U.S.A.!, a site-specific film installation with immersive 8-channel sound. The animated film traverses the interior of an empty slaughterhouse. (more…)
  • Mikko Takkunen: Hong Kong
    Publication
    Kehrer Verlag
    International
    With his first photobook Hong Kong, The New York Times’ photo editor Mikko Takkunen captured one of the world’s greatest metropolises during a time of political uncertainty and the pandemic. As the city was still recovering from the aftermath of the anti-government protests of 2019, Takkunen began to concentrate on the purity of seeing and capturing the world anew. (more…)