John Baldessari Person With Guitar (Red)2005
The Hammer Museum explores the capacity of art to enhance the full range of human experience. Through its collections, exhibitions, and programs the Hammer illuminates the depth and diversity of artistic expression through the centuries, with a special emphasis on the art of our time. At the core of the Hammer’s mission is the recognition that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society. As cultural center, the Museum advances UCLA's mission by contributing to the intellectual life of the campus and the community at large.
Rembrand Harmensz van RijnJunoc. 1662-65 Oil on canvas. The Armand Hammer Collection, Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation
Honoré Daumier I never laughed as much as I did at the funeral of Bourdin’s daughter . . . (Henri Monnier)1852Lithographic stone. Gift of The Armand Hammer Foundation.
Katsushika HokusaiFuji Behind the Waves off Kanagawa (The Great Wave)
1831-1833From Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo). Oban.Full-color woodcut (nishiki-e).Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Purchase.
Today, the Museum’s exhibitions present contemporary and historical work in all media of the visual arts. Through its exhibitions, the Museum is committed to promoting cultural understanding, to introducing the work of underrepresented artists, and to interpreting art of the past and present. In addition to selections from its permanent collections, the Museum has a series of temporary exhibitions, including Hammer Projects. All of the Museum’s exhibitions are accompanied by extensive public programs.In its role as a cultural center, the Museum endeavors to be a vibrant intellectual forum for the exploration of cultural, political, and social issues. To this end, the Museum offers a rich variety of public programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances.
The Hammer Museum is one of three public arts units of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA. For more information about the school and its departments, visit www.arts.ucla.edu.
On January 19, 2007 the Hammer Museum and the Armand Hammer Foundation agreed to dissolve their relationship, dividing the remaining 195 objects which founded the museum; the foundation retaining 92 paintings valued at $55 million, while the museum retaining 103 objects, valued at $250 million.
In 1994, UCLA assumed management of the Hammer Museum, but the Armand Hammer Foundation retained some control of the museum, including a "reversionary clause" which gave the foundation rights to reclaim the art collection and some of the endowment funds. The museum had long desired to eliminate these clauses.