100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Hammer Museum

Location: Los Angeles

2013 Exhibitions: Latifa Echakhch (February 23 - July 18), Enrico David (January 12 - May 5)

The Armand Hammer Museum, more commonly known as the Hammer Museum, opened in November 1990 and more recently has been operated by nearby UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture. The institution mounts a number of internationally acclaimed exhibitions each year—most recently, a retrospective of Pakistani artist Zarina Hashmi that traveled earlier this month to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Besides its prestigious exhibition history, the Hammer provides a wide range of public programming from free public lectures with artists like Catherine Opie, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, and Alec Soth to guided meditation sessions, 15-minute lunchtime Art Talks with curators, the Libros Schmibros Book Club, and rock concerts in the courtyard.

This past summer, Hammer Museum curator Ali Subotnick also organized the first ever Venice Beach Biennial, a "tongue-in-cheek reference to the 'real' Venice Biennale in Italy" along the Venice Beach boardwalk in southern California. In so many ways, the Hammer Museum aims to be a cultural center to enrich the lives of the visitors who pass through it, whether it is as an art aficionado or as an inquisitive guest.

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