Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

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Henry Taylor: Watch Your Back, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 87 1/2 X 77 1/2 X 2 In. (222.3 X 196.9 X 5.1 Cm). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchase © 2013 Henry K. Taylor. Image courtesy of the artist
Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
August 26th - January 7th, 2018
Opening: August 26th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tue-Fri 11-8; Sat-Sun 11-5


An exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions by Los Angeles-based artists Tala Madani, Max Hooper Schneider, and Tala Madani.

Three recent additions to the museum’s growing collection of contemporary art, including paintings by Henry Taylor (b. 1958, Ventura, CA) and Tala Madani (b. 1981, Tehran), focus on ambiguous groupings of figures. In Taylor’s striking composition, two African American figures look back at the viewer, smiling excessively, and the dome of the US Capitol building looms. Madani’s naked men play mischievously with an array of painted marks. Accompanying these is a sculpture by Max Hooper Schneider (b. 1982, Los Angeles), whose mix of repurposed materials, in this case an old-fashioned popcorn maker, becomes a terrarium for a swarm of living snails. Teeming, growing, and eventually dying, this living presence in the gallery underscores the unsettling nature of the paintings and leaves meaning an open question.

This exhibition is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator, with Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, curatorial associate.