The Hammer Museum, in association with UCLA’s, School of Art and Architecture, plays an important part with its off-campus role. While the museum is small in comparison with other art museums in LA. (It still exhibit the small collection of historical art owned by founder Armand Hammer.) has an aggressive program dedicated to giving exposure to many promising artists. The museum places an emphasis on representing the diversity of LA.
To view programs being offered now, and in the near future go to www.hammer.ucla.edu. You’ll find a wide range of interesting events that change frequently. Teachers and parents, go to Hammer Kids for family days, programs, and tours designed for kids. By the way, the museum is free and validated parking reduces the parking fee to a nominal amount.
Armand Hammer, a successful businessman, established the museum in 1990 to display his fine collection of European and American art. In 1994 UCLA entered into an agreement to operate and manage the museum. With this, UCLA transferred its collection of the Wight Art Gallery and Grunwald Center for the Graphics Arts to the Hammer. Eventually the museum added the Billy Wilder Theater as well as the café and gift shop.
The Hammer Museum isn’t on the UCLA campus but it is close by. It actually occupies the northeast corner of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards in Westwood at 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood Village. The location is three blocks east of the 405 Freeway. See the map below.
As a part of the UCLA’s School of Art and Architecture the Hammer Museum offers an extensive and ever changing line up of exhibitions, lectures, readings, and screenings, and student programs. If fact, the museum prides itself on presenting approximately 300 programs in a year.
You really have to experience the Hammer Museum. Its creative offerings are unique even by Los Angeles’ standards. Here you can enjoy historical pieces that span from traditional to impressionist. in other galleries the exhibits of our young local artists explore and provoke. The three hundred programs planned every year, created with the gravitas of UCLA’s School of Art and Architecture, will stimulate and pull you back for again and again.
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