Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Houseguest: curated by artist Francesca Gabbiani at The Hammer Museum

I visited the Hammer Museum, March 3. One of the exhibits we were able to see was the second in the Hammer Museum’s “Houseguest” Series - a new series in which artists are invited to curate a show from among the UCLA’s diverse collections which include the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer, UCLA’s Departments of Special Collections at both the Charles E. Young Research Library and the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

Los Angeles-based artist Francesca Gabbiani explores the subjects of witchcraft and sorcery, the mysterious and macabre. She selects images and illustrations of poisonous and deadly plants, unearthly figures, saints and fairies. The works date from the Renaissance up to the present and her selection includes prints from Albrecht Dürer , Pieter van der Heyden, Hans Baldung Grien, Jacques Callot , Marc Chagall, Kathe Kollwitz, and Paul Klee.

The works are intentionally installed in a ring which brings us in to her spell. It is a thought provoking show that stretches the imagination.

Related Programs

Hammer Lectures: Do What Thou Wilt: Kenneth Anger on Aleister Crowley and the Occult

Hammer Lectures: Museum of Jurassic Technology's David Wilson

Hammer Screenings: Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)

PERMANENT COLLECTION - Hammer Daumier Collection
While you’re there don’t forget to check out the Hammer’s Permenent Collection. Aquatints by Picasso, Etchings and Drypoints by Whistler and for those History of Printmaking buffs, Claude Mellan’s engraving “Sudarium of Saint Veronica”.

The Hammer has a terrific website - for more info on upcoming events, screenings, lectures and programs check out their calendar:


The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310.443.7000

posted by: Nancy Young

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