Defining contemporary art with a twist

The hammer museum

 

BY AUDREY ARELLANO


on the bright white wall. By the fourth room of the exhibit, a loud clanking noise could be heard: a video of rocks being thrown at a vintage refrigerator played from a small monitor on the bright white wall.Another Hammer Project currently on display is one of New York-based artist Kevin Beasley. Beasley incorporates social movements and current event into his artwork.  His exhibit, a wicker chair surrounded by what appears to be floating veils, is inspired by Bernini’s seventeenth-century Baroque altarpiece in Saint Peter’s Basilica and Black Panther Huey P. Newton.

       The contemporary art museum challenges its guests to view the world differently, set fire to imaginations, and inspire change. It is designed to give guests an experience and spark ideas. It does nothing short of that with its peculiar exhibits programs which include lectures, film series, musical performances, and readings. The Hammer believes in ‘the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world’.

       At the corner of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards in the college town of Westwood Village, three blocks east of the Wilshire exit on the 405 freeway, sits the Hammer Museum. The Hammer is one of the three public arts units of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA just down the street and features artwork from the university’s art students. 

       North American artist, poet, performer, and activist, Jimmie Durham currently has an exhibit on display through May 7th called Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World. Included in Durham’s exhibit are obscure pieces such as a wooden structure with a painted moose head on top, a self-portrait of a Native American male, and a head carved out of a piece of wood. By the fourth room of the exhibit, a loud clanking noise could be heard: a video of rocks being thrown at a vintage refrigerator played from a small monitor 

"Malinche" from Jimmie Durham's exhibition, At the Center of the World, displayed from January 29- May 7.

"Malinche" from Jimmie Durham's exhibition, At the Center of the World, displayed from January 29- May 7.

Andrea Bowers' installation shines light on the role of art in the political context of today and runs from March 11-July 16.

Andrea Bowers' installation shines light on the role of art in the political context of today and runs from March 11-July 16.

Photos taken by Audrey Arellano & Tawnya Cervantes