Museums are somewhere I can literally visit over and over again but still feel surprised and amazed each time. Hammer museum located in west Hollywood is one of my favorite museums in LA: I’ve gone a couple times pre-pandemic and absolutely loved the stunning art work and beautiful courtyard. Did I mention the admission is also FREE?
Hammer reopened recently for a new exhibition called Made in LA so I stopped by with my boyfriend. The exhibition features lots of new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings. I remember one art work we saw by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork is called the input of this machine is the power an output contains - they literally had an artist performing live to create the full experience of sound installation, sculpture, and performance. But later the artist started following us around while reading AI generated scripts in with machine sound effect and it got a bit too weird.
My favorite art work in this exhibition was made by Fulton Leroy Washington. It was a series of portrait of people tearing up their pain, fear and insecurities. You can see big tear drops falling off people's faces and miniature portraits within the teardrops.The pantings are so vulnerable and delicate. Walking out of the museum, I started thinking about those paintings and it made me reflect on myself - what are my own deepest insecurity? Why do I fear? When I cry, what do the tears mean? What are the emotions I’ve never processed?
It was a wonderful journey going through this exhibition - definitely a lot to process and ruminate over and over again even when you leave the museum.