Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

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Tala Madani: Dirty Protest, 2015 © Courtesy of the Artist and Hammer Museum
Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
90024 Los Angeles
January 24th - May 12th
Opening: January 24th 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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


Drawn from the Hammer Museum’s collection, this exhibition highlights a lively mix of painting, sculpture, and media installations by more than 40 international artists.

The Hammer Contemporary Collection continues to grow through purchases and generous gifts from patrons and artists. This core collection comprises works in drawing, film, painting, photography, sculpture, and video made by artists from around the world, with an emphasis on Southern California and the networks of artists who are based here as well as those for whom Los Angeles is a nexus of activity. The highlighted acquisitions in this presentation underlie the Hammer’s commitment to the breadth of mediums engaged by contemporary artists, including video installation, new media, and works on paper.

Taken from the title of a 2015 painting by Tala Madani, this group show highlights recent acquisitions and works from the Hammer Contemporary Collection that have never before been on view. This lively mix of painting, sculpture, drawings, and multimedia installations features the work of more than 40 international established and emerging artists.


Tomma Abts (b. 1967); Kelly Akashi (b. 1983); Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983); Eleanor Antin (b. 1935); Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972); Mark Bradford (b. 1961); Chris Burden (1946-2015); Chim↑Pom (2005); Petra Cortright (b. 1986); Noah Davis (1983-2015); Trisha Donnelly (b. 1974); Thomas Eggerer (b. 1963); Christina Forrer (b. 1978); Richard Hawkins (b. 1961); Hu Xiaoyuan (b. 1977); Alex Hubbard (American, 1975); Mike Kelley (1954-2012); Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) and Nancy Reddin Kienholz (b. 1943); Tala Madani (b. 1981); Ibrahim Mahama (b. 1987); Mark Manders (b. 1968); Rodney McMillian (b. 1969); Pentti Monkkonen (b. 1975); Nathaniel Mary Quinn (b. 1977); Andy Robert (b. 1984); Analia Saban (b. 1980); Dana Schutz (b. 1976); Jim Shaw (b. 1952); Alake Shilling (b. 1993); Avery K Singer (b. 1987); Mika Tajima (b. 1975); Mateo Tannatt (b. 1979); Torey Thornton (b. 1990); Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983); Jeffrey Vallance (b. 1955); and Eric Wesley (b. 1973).

Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator, with Vanessa Arizmendi, curatorial assistant.

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