Particularly important among the museums critically acclaimed exhibitions are presentations of both historically over-looked and emerging contemporary artists. The Hammer Museum also hosts over 300 programs throughout the year, from lectures, symposia, as of February 2014, the museums collections, exhibitions, and programs are completely free to all visitors. The museum has since presented important single-artist and thematic exhibitions of historical and it has developed an international reputation for reintroducing artists and movements that have often been overlooked in the art historical canon. Art and Black Los Angeles,1960 -1980, the Hammer Museums contribution to the Gettys 2011 Pacific Standard Time initiative, the Hammer is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Of all of the exhibitions on view in Los Angeles between January 2008 and December 2012, the Hammer is the only institution to devote 50% of its exhibition programming to female artists. The Hammer also hosts roughly fifteen Hammer Projects each year, offering international and local artists a laboratory-like surrounding to create new and innovative work. Having held curatorial positions in New York at the Studio Museum in Harlem, in 2010 the Hammer announced its inaugural biennial devoted exclusively to Los Angeles artists. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Hammer also sponsored a satellite exhibition, the second iteration of Made in L. A. in 2014 took over the entire space of the museum to feature work by more than 30 different artists and collectives. The 2014 exhibition was organized by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler, in conjunction with the inaugural Made in L. A. exhibition in 2012, the Hammer offered the first iteration of the prestigious Mohn Award to the artist Meleko Mokgosi. The award consisted of a catalogue and a $100,000.00 cash prize and was decided by vote after a jury of experts narrowed the 60 participants to five finalists. All three awards are funded by Jarl and Pamela Mohn and the Mohn Family Foundation. The Hammer Contemporary Collection, inaugurated in 1999, is the growing collection of modern. The collection includes works on paper, primarily drawings and photographs, as well as paintings, sculpture, the Contemporary Collection houses works from internationally acclaimed artists, including many active in Southern California from 1960 to the present. Hammer Contemporary Collection works are acquired in tandem with exhibitions presented at the museum. The 2009 exhibition Second Nature, The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer exhibited selections from Dean Valentine, the gift of fifty sculptures by 29 Los Angeles artists represents a significant milestone in the Hammers commitment to collecting the works of Southern California artists. In 2012, the Hammer showcased selections from the Susan and Larry Marx Collection, Smith, William Leavitt, and Eric Wesley. The UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts is one of the most important, housed at the Hammer Museum, the center was established in 1956 after a generous gift from Fred Grunwald and today houses over 40,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists books. In 1988 the Grunwald Center received a bequest of over 850 landscape drawings, selections from the collection were exhibited at the Hammer in 2003
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Pablo Picasso, 1904, Le repas frugal (The Frugal Repast). Printed in 1913. Etching. Plate: 46.7 x 36 cm; Sheet: 65.4 x 47.6 cm
Vincent van Gogh. Hospital at Saint-Rémy, 1889. Oil on canvas. 36 5/16 x 28 7/8 in. (92.2 x 73.4 cm). The Armand Hammer Collection, Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.