Posts tagged Hammer Museum
Artists at Work: Liz Glynn by Thomas Lawson
I met with Liz Glynn on July 17 in her Chinatown studio to discuss the work she created for the “Made in LA” 2012 biennial at the Hammer Museum this summer. The three-part installation—with multilayered references to Egyptian pyramids, smuggling tunnels into Gaza, and other spiritual and material trade routes, legitimate and not—continues an investigation of the intersection of antiquity and the present that began with her 2008 performance, The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project, in which she invited people to help her build and then destroy a cardboard model of ancient Rome.
The Mohn Games by Carol Cheh
In March of this year, the Hammer Museum introduced the Mohn Award—a $100,000 art prize offered in conjunction with their new “Made in LA” biennial—to some fanfare. Blending elements of the Whitney Biennial’s Bucksbaum Award and Britain’s controversial Turner Prize, the Mohn Award will recognize a single biennial artist, selected from among the 60 participants, with a hefty cash sum and the publication of a monographic book on the artist’s work.
Senga Nengudi’s “Ceremony for Freeway Fets” and Other Los Angeles Collaborations by Nick Stillman
Probably like most who are aware of her art, I’m an admirer of Senga Nengudi’s great RSVP series from the late 1970s. But for all the celebration of the RSVP installations as scrappier takes on formlessness in the manner of Louise Bourgeois and Lynda Benglis⎯and heavily filtered through assemblage art’s employment of freighted materials with a past life⎯it isn’t easy to find out much more about Nengudi’s other work.
Reports from a Strange Democracy: Guillermo Gómez-Peña by Audrey Chan
Guillermo Gómez-Peña's performances—audacious spectacles inspired by religious ritual, S&M culture, experimental theater, and pop culture—release buried racist thoughts and investigate psychic wounds. In a career that has spanned NAFTA, 9/11, and the emergence of post-9/11 America, he continues to steadfastly mine the incendiary arena of confrontation and catharsis.
Richard Hawkins and the Haunted Dolls’ House by Derek McCormack
"The Haunted Dolls’ House" was written by M. R. James. James, it’s said, was the father of the English ghost story; if his wasn’t the first ghost story about a haunted dollhouse, it was the first to be famous. Its fame is enduring: though it was written in the 1920s, it's still in print. It's also in the public domain. Richard Hawkins is an American artist who recently had a retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago; the retrospective opened at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles this month.
Character Development: Brody Condon’s “Level5” and the Avant-LARP of Becoming Self by Jennifer Krasinski
Brody Condon was a teenager when he discovered the semi-real world of Live Action Role Play (LARP). After a graduate school at UC San Diego, he started developing his own immersive performances—corporeal examinations into authenticity, invented identities, and self-help movements.